UPDATE ON THE EBOLA DISEASE OF THE INFORMAL ECONOMY WORKERS IN SIERRA LEONE
On May 25th 2014, the government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone following the laboratory confirmation of a suspected case from Kailahun District. The District is located in the eastern region of Sierra Leone, sharing borders with Guinea and Liberia.
This outbreak appears to be a spillover from the on-going outbreak in Guinea and Liberia since March 2014. As of 4th September, 2014 the country recorded a total number of 1,179 Ebola confirmed cases; 404 confirmed deaths nationwide.
SIVARA Country Activity, Argentina: FLOW project, StreetNet International
SIVARA 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.
Asia Regional Workshop held in New Delhi India
National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) in collaboration with StreetNet International hosted the 3rd Asian Regional Workshop. The meeting of the Asian affiliates was held from 28 - 30th August 2014 at Hotel “The Grand”, New Delhi, India. Affiliates were from six organisations,, of which five Asian countries attended the workshop- KOSK (South Korea), IDEA (Cambodia), LIE (Bangladesh), SEWA (India) and NASVI (INDIA).
Call for solidarity for Street Vendors in Lima, Peru
Street vendors in Peru are being persecuted. We have not received any pronouncements about what is currently happening with the workers of the popular street trade in the surroundings of Lima - Peru, why, no one sympathises with the misfortune of those citizens who are being brutally abused, homeless and have their goods confiscated (theft), just for the "crime" of working as do all human beings to survive; it is difficult and banned from working in Peru why states are silent in defence of labour and social rights of these workers?. The 85% of this sector of workers in Peru are women, abandoned mothers, single mothers, elderly women and differently abled (disabled).