By Maira Vannuchi
Over the past two years with a lot of investment and dedication, the World Class Cities for All Brazil campaign has presented a lot of progress towards strengthening the street vendors from the FIFA World Cup Brazilian host cities.
Since 2011, representatives from eight cities which will host the World Cup matches have been meeting and discussing the need of articulation, struggle for rights, recognition of the category and unity. Earlier this year, as a result of the work of political organisation, representatives from various associations and unions of street vendors met in Sao Paulo and decided to create a national organisation. Since then two other regional meetings were held and several virtual meetings gave segment to the discussions, which bore fruit to the so called the National Commission for Street Vendors.
The newly created National Commission for Vendors was born with two initial strategies which are intended to get attention of the President Dilma Rousseff: the guarantee of work during the World Cup and broadening the debate on social security to the street vendors.
A meeting in Brasilia is being negotiated, as well as the foundations and principles that will mediate the future National Movement of Street Vendors.
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
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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.
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