Dear Friends,

Welcome to WIEGO’s 6th General Assembly in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  Over 140 informal workers, mainly women, and their supporters from 40 countries are participating in the General Assembly.  We have come together in Yogyakarta to share recent accomplishments, to chart the course ahead, and to celebrate women’s leadership in the informal economy. And there is much to celebrate, as you will hear in the next few days. Around the world, women are playing crucial roles in helping informal workers’ organizations as they struggle to secure livelihoods and gain recognition for their contributions to society and the economy.

On behalf of myself, the WIEGO Board, Team and our members, I extend a heartfelt welcome and appreciation to those of you who have joined us here. The energy and vision you bring will make this a productive and exciting General Assembly— and will help guide our future work together.

Marty Chen
International Coordinator, WIEGO