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“With the closing of trading places, markets, bars, shops and others […], the activities of women, this important link in the informal economy, have slowed down or even halted.”


Based on research and his professional experiences, Kodzo AgbenyegaTsolenyanu, Executive Director of Emmaus MARS (Togo), provides his analysis of the position of women in the informal sector across the African continent, the impact of the pandemic on this sector, along with the responses from the Emmaus movement during this crisis period.

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“The low level of schooling for girls that has persisted for so long means that more women work in the informal sector…”


Suzanne Ware, Chair of the Pag-La-Yiri association, talks to us about the role of women in the informal economy in Burkina Faso. She relates this to the health crisis that the country is currently facing.

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CoNGO statement "COVID-19 Recovery: Building Back Better"

The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) highlights the devastating consequences of the health crisis, mainly for vulnerable people, and denounces the restrictions to human rights caused by the measures taken to contain the spread of the virus. It calls on the 193 Member-States of the United Nations to renew their efforts to promote a fairer, more sustainable world which upholds human rights.

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"There is still the risk of 'contracts of convenience', where fictitious employers can line their pockets on the backs of migrants."

Franco Monnicchi, President of Emmaus Italy, is a fervent defender of freedom of movement. We asked him what led the Italian government to offer legal status to undocumented migrants during Covid-19. He compares it with Portugal where the government has made the same decision.

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“For universal freedom of movement and residence of people”

Paulo Illes, a former member of the human rights’ department in the city of Sao Paulo under Haddad’s administration (2010-2015), is now the spokesperson for the Organisation for Universal Citizenship (OUC) in Southern Europe, based in Lisbon. Here he shares the values and work led by the OUC in Europe.

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