SIVARA Country Activity, Argentina: FLOW project, StreetNet International

Pictured all the participants who attendedSIVARA hosted a workshop from the 15th to 16th September 2014, which is within the FLOW Project ´s framework for women's leadership. The workshop on Social Solidarity Economy brought together almost all provinces of Argentina. Leaders of several regional offices described their specific situations, understanding of social solidarity and entrepreneurship or effort in this matter. Government institutions and representatives of the trade union CGT also presented their views.

The workshop also discussed the ILO meeting which took place in June 2014 on formalisation of the informal economy and the possibilities to create a draft national law for Argentina which will address the demands of street vendors. It was revealed through the discussions the strong identity that the Union of Street Vendors of Argentina has created with an awareness of the value street vendors bring to each province of this country. Provincial representatives expressed a great defence of their demands and the respect they deserve for their work, which is not only their jobs, but their labour rights. In Argentina, they are no longer illegal; they are workers in the informal economy.

Secretary General of SIVARA and President of StreetNet International, Oscar Silva, believes that: "Daily communication and activities like this, here and in various countries of the world, is creating unity. The only form of social and labor inclusion is through the organisation, training and fellowship among all workers. By truly knowing and defending our class status as workers, we will all benefit through building cooperatives and a solidarity economy that dignifies us and advances our efforts to improve the living conditions for all. "

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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