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Over the next few weeks, The Global Urbanist, in collaboration with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), will publish six photo essays that take us inside the daily lives of women, ranging from street hawkers to hairdressers, working in the informal economy. Reporting from Ahmedabad, Bangkok, Accra, Johannesburg, Lima and Bogota will highlight the daily challenges they face and the ways in which they are organizing to demand their rights as workers.

Andrew Stevens and Jonas Schorr remain unconvinced of the need for a World Association of Cities as Benjamin Barber proposes in his forthcoming book.

Andrew Stevens and Jonas Schorr argue that instead of grandiose schemes like a global senate of mayors, we must concentrate on creating popular demand for city networking, and giving more power and visibility to existing efforts.

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Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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