National Women`s Day - South Africa
"If you strike a woman, you strike a rock"
Every year on the 9th August, Women`s Day is celebrated in South Africa. It is a public holiday that has been established to pay homage to the women of our nation and those who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government.
On 9 August 1956, the Federation of South African Women organised a mass demonstration against the imposition of pass laws on women in South Africa. More than 20,000 women, led by Lilian Ngoyi (a trade unionist and political activist), Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu, and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, took part in the multi-racial march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister JG Strijdom
Report on the Seminar held in Togo on the capacity building of the Trade Union Leaders of Fainatrasit from 22 to 23 July 2014
Recruitment and Organising Young Workers in the Informal Economy
The organiser of StreetNet in Africa Sibailly Douhouré visited Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria from the 2nd to 26th July.
During his first stay in Togo, from July 7th to July 9th, Sibailly Douhouré met the leaders of FAINATRASIT, an affiliate of StreetNet in Togo to discuss the challenges of the operation of the Focal Point in West and Central Africa. During his return from Nigeria, he stopped again in Lomé to attend the first seminar of the FLOW Project in the country. Sibailly made this journey by travelling via road, what allowed him to meet several cross-border traders and to discover realities of the road traffic in West Africa.
Seminar held to raise awareness about labour rights in the informal Economy
On the 10-11 July, the Self-Employed and Commercial Sector Workers union conducted training based on ‘’employed women in the informal sector of labor market’’.The seminar was supported by International organisation ‘’StreetNet’’. It attended by women who are employed in the informal Economy from Zugdidi, Batumi, Telavi, Kutaisi and Tbilisi.
The seminar was led by the GTUC vice-president, womens committee, Chairman Eter Matureli, Self-employed and Commercial sector workers union’s president Miranda Mandaria, who discussed labor rights according national legislation and labor code.
StreetNet’s Programme In Nigeria
According to the StreetNet work plan for 2014, Sibailly Maximilien Douhouré, StreetNet organiser in Africa and Aaron A. Boima Secretary General of SLeTU, the StreetNet’s affiliate in Sierra-Leone , have just started a one week visit in Nigeria from July 13 to 17, 2014. The objective of this important trip is to interact with the leadership of FIWON and other trade unions like National Union of Textile, NUTG. The other objective is to find out FIWON’s capacity in organising, to know the affiliated associations and numerical strength and also see the relationship between StreetNet and FIWON in terms of affiliation. Sibailly will also use this opportunity to know the status of the waste pickers organizations in Nigeria since the WIEGO’s project ended in 2013.