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Theme: Informal Economy
Kenya How MCU is helping in 'building a future with decent work' Investment News . (21 February 2017)

Elizabeth Nzilani Peter represented the Machakos Cooperative Union at the 105th International Labour Conference in Geneva, where the theme was Building a Future with Decent Work. Attended by Over 6,000 delegates, the conference was an opportunity to highlight the contribution made by co-operatives to decent work. The following is an interview with Elizabeth.

By Nyakanyanga, Sally.

Around 70 percent of street sellers in Zimbabwe are women, struggling to support their families in the face of continuous police raids against unlicensed trade. But advocates say local authorities should be working to support women vendors, not running them off.

By Mwareya, Ray.

“Vendors are not criminals. We are self-job workers, navigating Africa´s worst economy,” says Lorraine Sibanda, president of the Zimbabwe Chamber for Informal Economy Association, the largest street vendor trade union in Zimbabwe. “Why hasn’t Zimbabwe health minister directed city councils to eradicate fecal mess flowing in Harare townships?” she asks.

By Goldsmith, Belinda.

Reema Nanavaty, executive director of India’s Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) - the world’s largest organisation of informal workers with over two million members - said women’s critical role in farming needed to be officially acknowledged.

India Amaravati echoes gender equality The Hans India . (11 February 2017)

Pavitra Sangamam, as it is called for becoming a meeting point for the Godavari river with the Krishna through the Pattiseema lift scheme, let the women, the silent majority, break their silence and reiterate the demand for equality in all the public spheres, by hosting a three-day national women parliament. 

Qatar Qatar approves draft law for domestic workers Arab News . (9 February 2017)

Qatar has approved a draft law which would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first time, according to state media. The law is expected to specify how many hours staff such as nannies, drivers and gardeners should work per week, how many days holiday they receive annually and how they are paid, reported the Qatar News Agency (QNA).

India Pune Red-Dot campaign launched across Pune NYOOOZ . (8 February 2017)

Pune’s SWaCH wastepicker cooperative, the KKPKP waste-picker trade union and PMC — kicked off a massive, city-wide “Red Dot” campaign on Tuesday. For example, they are learning that unwrapped sanitary waste exposes them to harmful pathogens like staphylococcus, hepatitis, E coli, Salmonella, Typhoid, etcetera.

Pakistan Sales and craft exhibition of home-based workers kicks off Pakistan Today . (7 February 2017)

The products ranging from handmade pottery items to embroidered cloths of Haripur, wooden items from Chiniot, jewellery and accessories, decorative items prepared by the home-based workers were displayed at the exhibition.

Members of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment expressed their cordial thanks to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to UAE and its people for their warm welcome and generosity, lauding the county’s distinguished experience in women's empowerment and gender equality and the relentless global efforts in this field. They further expressed their keenness to enhance cooperation in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

United States of America To Protect Undocumented Immigrants, Los Angeles Will No Longer Arrest Street Vendors Remezcla . (1 February 2017)
By Simón, Yara.

In a move to protect undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, USA, the LA City Council voted on Tuesday January 31st to decriminalize street vending. Activists in LA fought over many years for authorities to stop penalizing street vendors in the city, most of whom are Latinos and many of whom are undocumented. Penalization of vendors can range from tickets or fines to misdemeanor or criminal charges, increasing the risk of deportation for undocumented vendors.


The city council decided to finally take action on the issue in response to the federal government's stance on immigration, including the desire to crack down on sanctuary cities and increase deportations. Of the action, Councilman Jose Huizar stated, "You do not have to work in the shadows.”