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Miranda Mandaria discusses women`s rights in informal sector of Georgia

Ms. Miranda Mandaria, the chairwoman of Self-Employed and Commercial workers union and GTUC Woman Network Coordinator, Eter Matureli discuss women`s rights in the program "geography of labor". They talk about the difference between the public sector employed woman and their labor rights and the informal sector employed woman labor rights. Although the changes which were made in labor code, they are a number of problems.

The changes of labor code fail to protect the rights of employed woman properly, that`s why it`s needed to ratify the ILO Convention 183 and to comply Georgian legislation with the ILO Conventions 100 and 111 which have been already ratified by country and which will help women to protect their rights of motherhood as long as they having better conditions during pregnancy and afterwards.

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Solidarity with members FUTRAND, Venezuela

Message from StreetNet President - Oscar Silva

To all members of our affiliate in Venezuela, we express our solidarity with FUTRAND at this difficult time. Through the experiences collected from our sector worldwide, we know that street vendors and market vendors are often between "two fires" and they are the most vulnerable to situations of state instability and violence.

We also know that our sector has a lot of resistance, dynamism and strength to face challenges. We send our support, so you achieve peaceful resolution of the conflict. Your country has accomplished a lot for the needy and there are forces resisting the necessary changes; however, you do not doubt that our sector vote for peace and positive change for everybody, especially the most needy groups.

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The CSA statement on the situation of violence in Venezuela

The Trade Union Confederation of Workers of the Americas (CSA), in light of the climate of violence in recent days in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, expresses the following:

1. We condemn the spiral of violence and regret the deaths and injuries caused during demonstrations and other scenarios in which the conflict has escalated. We call the state authorities to investigate and establish the responsibility for the victims of violence, including excessive use of force and violation of human rights by police and military forces and the criminal actions of violent groups involved peaceful demonstrations.

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Celebration of International Women`s Day

"Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity... If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is infinitely superior to man... If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women..." Mahatma Ghandi

StreetNet International President, Oscar Silva, greets women of the organisation and all working women in the world on their day, March 8th.

The International Working Women`s Day or International Women`s Day commemorates the struggle of women for their participation, on equal terms with men, in society and in their full development as persons.

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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