By Sibailly M. Douhoure
17 June, 2016
On 29 - 30 May, 2016 a Meeting of the Executive Committee of IFWEA took place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
IFWEA - International Federation of Workers` Education Associations is the international organisation responsible for the development of workers` education. It brings together national and international trade unions, workers` education associations, NGOs and foundations engaged in the provision of adult education opportunities for workers and the communities in which they live throughout the world. StreetNet International is also affiliated to the IFWEA.
At the invitation of Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF), its affiliate in Sweden, the International Federation of Workers` Education Associations (IFWEA) held its Executive Committee meeting on 29thand 30th of May 2016 at Gothenburg, Sweden. Particularly, IFWEA Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, the financial report of the 22nd Congress held in 2015 and new affiliations were topics to be examined. The meeting was chaired by Susan Schuman, President of the IFWEA. Helen Pettersson, the President of ABF and also Vice-President of IFWEA addressed the meeting as the host organization.
Elected as member of the Executive Committee at the 22ndCongress of IFWEA held in Lima, Peru, on the 4thand 5th of December 2015, Sibailly Douhouré, Organizer and Educator of StreetNet participated in this important meeting.
The main idea of the IFWEA education program is to try to find how StreetNet affiliates in all regions of the world could benefit particularly from the study circles by training method as well as online training of IFWEA`s Academy.
Before the IFWEA Executive meeting, Arbetarnas Bildningsforbund offered a three day long program filled with panels, workshops, tours, lectures and much more on different topics within the two themes abolishing the class society and strengthening the popular movements. The program also included a reception hosted by representatives of Gothenburg Municipality and a dinner in the beautiful Eriksbergshallen. The three-day long event ended on Saturday 28th May with a fun day at Sweden`s biggest carnival, called Hammarkullens carnaval.
All these activities were accomplished thanks to the dynamism of the leaders of ABF who I would like to thank and in particular Helen Pettersson, President of ABF.
The next Executive Committee meeting expected to be held in Cape Town in South Africa in November 2016.
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/
StreetNet Newsletter 32 [pdf]
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