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StreetNet Eastern European holds a Regional Workshop for its Affiliates

On 22 July 2013, StreetNet conducted its Eastern European Workshop for its Affiliates from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). The main objective of this workshop was to bring awareness to StreetNet Affiliates on issues such as Social Protection Floors, Negotiations Forum for street vendors and Social Solidarity Economy.

However, since the 4th International Congress adopted the Resolution on the fifth Regional Focal Point for Europe and Central Asia, the participants of this workshop had to start discussion on the issue of focal point organisation in their region.

Pat Horn, StreetNet’s International Coordinator, opened the workshop and introduced the agenda, its aim and the expectations from the participants. Mubara Niyazova, Deputy Chairperson of the Trade union of Commerce who replaced Damira Dolotalieva, also welcomed the participants.

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StreetNet meets with the Madrid City Council

On Friday August 2, the International Secretary of StreetNet, César García, and the Director General of Madrid Emprende, Iñaki Ortega, held a meeting in which StreetNet was introduced to the head of the City Council as an organisation with a global presence.

The Madrid City Council, through its Madrid Emprende organisation, is very conscious of self-employed workers, especially those who are starting their businesses, and places technical and human resources at their disposal to enable them to start their economic activities.

Furthermore, Madrid Emprende has an international laboratory dedicated to support those entrepreneurial and innovative activities led by foreigners whether they live in Spain or live in other countries and who wish to start business in Spain.

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Destroyed by Fire, a Market Struggles to Rise from the Ashes

Trader Steven Uwusu in his shoe shop at KantamantoAccra - Kantamanto`s back in business. Just three months ago, a field of rubble was all that remained of the large, beloved market that deals primarily in secondhand clothes imported from the U.S., Europe and China. The market, a confusing labyrinth of stalls, had been leveled by fires and government demolition trucks. The air of mourning was palpable; livelihoods had been destroyed overnight and no one could be certain of their futures.

"Yen ko village," one woman had shrugged two months ago when I asked what she would do if the market was not re-opened. What those words mean - "_we`ll go to the village_" - would be tantamount to falling back on the scarce resources of their already overstretched rural families. It`s a last resort, an admission of defeat.

Now, though, Kantamanto is again a maze of commerce. Wooden structures - simple tables with frames to display their best wares - are lined up in long rows. Red umbrellas shade the traders with patches of shadow on the uneven ground. Whereas two months ago, I could walk in a relatively straight line to the far wall, picking my way through the rubble, I`m now confused, as usual, by the endless rows. Never has being lost felt so comforting.

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Nepal Street Vendors Unioun (NEST) organises workshop on Women leadership development training

NEST has organised a three day training workshop on "Women leadership development training " in Kathmandu. The aim was to Enhance the leadership skills of Women Street Vendors, share and discuss the Code of Conduct on Violence against women and strategise to expand membership.

There were 44 participants. Among them, 3 were male and 41 were female. The sessions were facilitated by Cde. Binda Pandey - Member of ILO Governing body and GEFONT planning Commission, Cde. Pemba Lama -Deputy Secreatary General GEFONT, Cde. Bidur Karki -GEFONT Secretary,Education Department, Cde. Ramesh Mainali - GEFONT Education Department and Cde. Narayan Neupane - President of NEST on Leadership-its quality, Roles & responsibilities of leaders, organisation and its characteristics, Union Management, Office Management, Finance Management, Organising strategy, Trade Union Rights and roles of Committee members.

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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