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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International Women`s Day - March 8

What is the origin of this International Women`s Day on March 8th? It is a day in which the defence of women`s rights is raised and in which we publicly assert those rights more strongly than ever.

Woman’s Day has been celebrated since the early twentieth century; more than a day of tribute it is a day of reflection about the important role women play in every sphere of life. On March 8th, we commemorate women`s struggle for their participation in society.

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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