StreetNet International celebrates 14th November: International Street Vendors Day and 10th Anniversary of StreetNet

5 November 2012

On 14th November 2012, StreetNet affiliates and partners around the globe will be celebrating the 1st International Street Vendors Day. This year it will coincide with the 10th Anniversary of StreetNet.

The International Street Vendors Day will be celebrated on an annual basis from now on. It will be a day to celebrate the contribution of street vendors to national development and to call attention to issues of particular concern.

This year the theme identified by the International Council is "Street vendors are workers with the same right to organisation, representation and social protection as other workers!"

Oscar Silva, President of StreetNet, from SIVARA, Argentina, explains: "Iím really proud that StreetNet is celebrating the first International Street Vendors Day and its 10th Anniversary during my Presidency. StreetNet has dramatically increased its membership in these ten years to become a truly world-wide organisation. It is recognised as the voice of street vendors and respected for its policies, programmes and campaigns. Long live StreetNet!"

"The International Street Vendors Day was first discussed at the StreetNet Congress in 2010. We see it as an opportunity to bring street vendors together across the globe and realize that we have common challenges and needs. At national level, the affiliates are planning events, marches and meetings to mark the day. We are busy preparing to make it a very special day for our sector!" said Clarisse Gnahoui, member of the International Council from USYNVEDPID, Benin.

"We are now in preparations for the International Street Vendors` Day which will include some events such as advertisement in the media, marches, and an exhibition. We are also preparing a†small booklet which outlines the views and†comments of the vendors. We are anticipating that at our meeting, there will be representatives from the Government†and ILO" Majura Jones, TUICO, Tanzania

Arbind Singh, National Coordinator of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), which is also the Asia focal point of Street Net, said, "The upcoming International Street Vendors Day will be a red letter day and a source of inspirational energy for the organizations working for livelihood democracy and participative democracy of millions of street vendors in numerous countries. The day will also assist the movement for national legislations in different countries. We are proud that the day comes when the struggle of street vendors of India under the banner of NASVI has yielded positive results and the Indian Government is all set to enact a national legislation to protect livelihood and social security rights of street vendors. Seize the Opportunities, March Ahead! Long Live StreetNet! "

For copies of the 14th November poster and leaflet please click here:

http://streetnet.org.za/index.php?lang=eng

For more information contact:

StreetNet Media Officer: Sharon Pillay at sharonpillay4@yahoo.com

StreetNet Campaigns Coordinator: Nora Wintour at norawintour@live.co.uk

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ZIMBABWE. First Lady`s Empathy On Vendors Misunderstood. All Africa (13 March 2015). She reminded the police officers that some of them had qualified to join the force because their mothers had sent them to school from the proceeds of street vending.

UK. Street traders` petition passes 5,000 mark. Essex County Standard (13 March 2015) by Andrea Collitt. The petition, seeking the right for the street traders to stay where they are, had 5,000 signatures by Wednesday.

SINGAPORE. Year-long SG50 festivities to highlight hawker food, local music. Channel News Asia (12 March 2015). The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said it is important to celebrate Singapore`s heritage and culture, adding that the idea of a "distinctive Singaporean culture" is still relatively new and evolving.

MEXICO. Tacos are on credit as street vendors in Mexico use apps. The Globe and Mail (12 March 2015) by Patricia Laya. In Mexico city, known for its sprawling street markets, consumers are shunning cash and opting for credit cards they swipe on merchants` smartphones to pay for everything from shoes to tacos.

INDIA. Vendor goods being seized under anti-sabotage measures: HC told. Zee News (8 March 2015). An association for street vendors has alleged before Delhi High Court that goods of roadside sellers were being seized by police as part of its "anti- sabotage measures", which the organisation has dubbed as a "fresh modus operandi" to harass squatters.

INDIA. Asi Permission Awaited For Building Shops. NewsHub (7 March 2015). The Vellore Corporation is waiting for permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to go ahead with the construction of shops for street vendors on the old fish market premises on Anna Salai.

AFRICA. Why Africa`s Booming Cities Need More Autonomy in Urban Planning. City Lab (3 March 2015) Sam Sturgis.  According to the article, the bond was going to fund a new market hall, where street vendors could sell their goods in a more formal exchange.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies