StreetNet Welcomes SEWA during their Field Visit to South Africa

Ela Ghandi(In the middle, with the cream top), and the women from SEWAStreetNet International welcomed their affiliate SEWA (Self – Employed Women’s Association) during their field visit to Durban from the 14-19 August. They have also been to Johannesburg. SEWA, an organisation based in India has been selected by the Government of India for the implementation of a project called “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs.” where five countries are selected in Africa. South Africa is one of the countries nominated.

The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is a union of almost 1.8 million women workers from the informal economy. Founded in 1972 by Ela Bhatt, a labour lawyer and organiser, it has grown from a few thousand women in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, into a national and international movement of self-employed women workers.

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Gas attack on the market "Barabashovo" of Kharkiv city (Eastern Ukraine) continues

Victims of gas attack at 'Barabashovo' marketThe confrontation between the administrations of the Kharkov market "Barabashovo" and a trade union group continues. This was mainly because the local trade union did not agree to pay additional fees, that was not specified in the contracts.

On August 14, 2013 traders of "Barabashovo" market which is where the primary trade union organisation unites around 100 union members. They are affiliated to the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU). They arrived at their work places as usual but were interrupted when chaos broke out. They smelled a very strong unpleasant smell and after a while their state of health started to deteriorate. Four traders felt really very ill, and one woman was hospitalised.

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The Quetzaltenango Workers` Union, (UTQ), Manifests To National And International Public Opinion

The Quetzaltenango Workers` Union, (UTQ), situated in the City of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. UTQ is a NON-PROFIT institution founded with the objective and purpose of supporting all honest workers, independent of the sector to which they belong, whether they are individuals, unionised, organised, confederated or popular organisations.

The purpose and objective of the UTQ is to defend the Constitutional Rights and protection of other laws, of any worker or organised sector. It is not authorised to grant positions in markets, which has been indicated in recent months, as everything was under control, but that from more or less four years ago the Municipal Authorities lost interest and control resulting in anarchy.

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South Africa celebrates National Women`s Day

This day commemorates the national march by women on 9th of August 1956 to protest against the legislation requiring non-whites to carry a document proving they had permission to be in a white area. Celebrations on this day highlight the role of women in society and opportunities available for future generations to contribute meaningfully to South African society.


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.

On the way to the Union Buildings the women sang a freedom song: "Wathint` abafazi, Strijdom!" "wathint` abafazi, wathint` imbokodo, uza kufa!" This translates as "When you strike the women,you strike a rock, you will be crushed you will die!" The phrase "wathint` abafazi, wathint` imbokodo" has come to represent women`s courage and strength in South Africa.

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