South Africa celebrates National Women`s Day
This day commemorates the national march by women on 9th of August 1956 to protest against the legislation requiring non-whites to carry a document proving they had permission to be in a white area. Celebrations on this day highlight the role of women in society and opportunities available for future generations to contribute meaningfully to South African society.
On 9 August 1956, the Federation of South African Women organised a mass demonstration against the imposition of pass laws on women in South Africa. More than 20,000 women, led by Lilian Ngoyi (a trade unionist and political activist), Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu, and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, took part in the multi-racial march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister JG Strijdom.
On the way to the Union Buildings the women sang a freedom song: "Wathint` abafazi, Strijdom!" "wathint` abafazi, wathint` imbokodo, uza kufa!" This translates as "When you strike the women,you strike a rock, you will be crushed you will die!" The phrase "wathint` abafazi, wathint` imbokodo" has come to represent women`s courage and strength in South Africa.
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.
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.
Destroyed by Fire, a Market Struggles to Rise from the Ashes
Accra - 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.