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.
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.
Professionalising Street Food and Creating new possibilities
The street food advocacy campaign gained momentum last Thursday with street food representatives, food, health and nutrition experts and social entrepreneurs asserting at a national consultation organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) here in Delhi that the country needs to tap the huge potentials of street food vending sector for employment generation, food and health security and growth of tourism. The street food advocates demanded of the government to formulate a national policy for preservation and professionalisation of street food.
Of Mandela Day and Mealies
18 July 2013 marked the 95th birthday of former President, Nelson Mandela, revered as “Tata” (Father) of the nation, and it marks the fourth International Mandela Day since November 2009. The campaign’s message is simple; Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights. Accordingly, it asks that individuals, groups and corporates use just 67 minutes of their time on 18 July to give back, whether by supporting a charity or serving the community. The aim is to encourage positive change, no matter how big or small the action, just as Mandela did.