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Theme: Informal Economy
Ahmedabad India SEWA: Making Women Self Sufficient Since The ’70s Feminismin India . (8 June 2017)
By Nagpal, Himanshi.

Self Employed Women’s Association or SEWA is a trade union established in 1972 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. With over 2 million members, it is the largest organisation of workers in the unorganised/informal sector, and is—the largest non-profit organisation in India.

"Eight out of ten working women in urban India are informally employed. The women who work in garment factories, construction sites, as rag-pickers, tailors, and domestic helpers have no social security, no formal places of work and no legal contracts to protect their rights. The Startup Wednesday show brings to you the challenges of home-based working women and startups that are employing and empowering women in India. Watch as experts, entrepreneurs and the working women themselves talk about the issues they face."

 

WIEGO Home-based Worker Specialist Shalini Sinha and Firoza Mehrotra of HomeNetSouth Asia are interviewed in this video.

Bogota Colombia How Bogotá’s Recicladores are Picking a Fight (for inclusion) Resource . (5 June 2017)
By Simon, Rachel.

"As the city rises up the development index, Bogotá’s waste services are undergoing structural transformation. Rachel Simon learns how Colombia’s waste-picking recicladores are fighting to play their part as services are commercialised, and to do so with better pay, recognition, and condition."

 

This article includes an interview with WIEGO Waste Picker Specialist Federico Parra.

By Chari, Mridula.

Around 200 domestic workers staged a three-day strike after residents of a development in Chandivali unilaterally fixed wages at a level they believed was unfair. The strike began on May 21, after some residents at the Raheja Vistas housing complex in Chandivali put up a circular on their noticeboard declaring the rates they would pay to domestic workers.

India Sewa offers lessons to African grassroots workers The Times of India . (23 May 2017)

Self-Employed Women's Association (Sewa) organized a round table on Monday as part of the AfDB annual meeting at Mahatma Mandir on Monday. The theme of the event was 'Sustainable Agriculture—Nexus between Energy, Agriculture, Work and Women.'

India FDA wins national award for safe food project. Heraldo Goa . (20 May 2017)

Under the ‘Project Serve Safe Food under the Safe and Nutrition Food  & Street Food’, the State FDA had trained around 1400 street food vendors in association with CSR partner, Nestle India Limited and NASVI (National Association of Street Vendors of India). Street food vendors were imparted special skill development training in the good sanitary and hygienic practices.

Nepal Can Nepal build a better economy for its workers? Equal Times . (19 May 2017)
By Coca, Nithin.

“Remittances can’t be the goal to develop a country,” GEFONT president Bishnu Rimal tells Equal Times. “Nepal is trying to emerge from a cycle of political chaos and from the ashes of destruction. It is a time to chart new course of development.”

By Beinecke, Frances.

NRDC and SEWA's work has allowed salt farmers to demonstrate a solid track record of paying back their loans, which should open the door for commercial banks to make more solar loans available to thousands of salt farmers who still use diesel pumps. But the story doesn't end in the deserts of Gujarat.

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland Fyffes suspended from Ethical Trading Initiative just-food . (9 May 2017)
By Shepherd, John.

Fyffes now has 90 days to work with the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) "to reach a mutually agreeable framework for engagement", the ETI said. "Failure to do this... would result in expulsion from ETI membership."

By Douglas, Rhonda.

Half the world’s population live in cities, and urban informal workers make important economic, social, and environmental contributions to city life. Rhonda Douglas from WIEGO argues that the New Urban Agenda must include all urban stakeholders, including the working poor, to ensure it doesn’t leave anyone behind.