NO DOUBT, businesses and employees in the non-essential sectors have suffered from significant income losses. But it is in the informal sector that workers have been in especial distress.
Even before Covid-19, daily wage earners and people who were self-employed were already struggling to make ends meet; and since they were heavily dependent on daily wages, the likelihood of their falling into poverty during the pandemic was especially high.1 Adding to this, their working conditions did not provide them with any social protection.
In fact, the International Labour Organization has identified that women and girls involved in the sector as being highly ...
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