Furthermore, in many communities in South and Southeast Asia, women make up the majority of informal waste workers. Women in these roles are likely to face gender-based discrimination, harrassment, violence, and health risks; challenges due to additional care and domestic duties; as well as lower earnings and fewer opportunities for progression, than men.
Initiatives to improve recovery rates of plastics, and to reduce leakage, can often overlook the social and economic impacts on informal waste workers.
Supported by: Global Affairs Canada, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
In addition to a program-level research agenda, each project is receiving support around impact measurement, and will be connected to others for sharing learning and insights. The Incubation Network and partners will showcase the results and stories of the cohort, and work with project teams to co-design pathways for what happens next.