Crowdfunding for women street vendors in Bangladesh: challenges and lessons learned

Repon Chowdhury, President of Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) – StreetNet affiliate in Bangladesh – was one of the participants of the capacity-building crowdfunding pilot project. Together with his team of five members, they developed the campaign Support vulnerable women street vendors in Bangladesh. We reached out to Repon to understand what were the challenges they faced when developing the campaign and what are some lessons learned which he can share with other street vendors interested in investing in crowdfunding to support their members.

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Collective Struggle: UNICAB (Brazil)

“To confront, to resist and to persist”

The National Union of Hawkers, Street and Market Vendor Workers of Brazil – UNICAB was founded in July of 2015, after many years of struggle led by diverse activists in several Brazilian cities. To understand how the organization was created and how it boosted the struggle of street vendors in Brazil, we spoke with the members of the Executive elected in the 2019 Congress, Juliano Fripp and Maria de Lourdes do Carmo (also known as Maria dos Camelôs), in order to share their perspective about the evolution of UNICAB and the collective struggle for hawkers and street and market vendors in Brazil.

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Inspiring Workers: Angélique Kipulu Katani

Angélique Kipulu Katani is a current Member-Auditor of the StreetNet’s Executive Committee. She emerged as an accomplished women leader in the trade union movement and a fierce advocate for women’s rights in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and beyond. Her main priority now is the defense of the rights of women informal workers, especially street and market vendors.

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Crowdfunding for women street vendors and their families in Ghana: challenges and lessons learned

Deborah Freeman is the current General Secretary of the Union of Informal Workers Associations (UNIWA), affiliated to StreetNet International. Along with her colleague Eric, she was one of the participants of the capacity-building crowdfunding pilot project. They developed the online crowdfunding campaign “Save the lives of women informal workers & their children: Support 1000 women informal workers and their children in Ghana by providing food, personal protective equipment and funds to restart businesses”. We talked with Deborah to understand what challenges and lessons were learned while following the course and implementing the campaign:

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Crowdfunding for women street vendors in Rwanda: Challenges & Lessons Learned

StreetNet is currently developing a capacity-building crowdfunding pilot project, in which several of our affiliates are learning how to build an effective campaign and support their membership.

Jeanette Nyiramasengesho is one of the participants of the project, representing the Syndicat des Travailleurs Indépendants de l’Économie Informelle ), in Rwanda. Their campaign was focused on supporting 300 women street vendors who are currently facing many challenges due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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3 things you should know about violence against women street vendors – and how to combat it

On December 7, 2020, StreetNet organized a live Facebook webinar about the importance of ratifying the Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization on Violence and Harassment. This landmark international instrument has rallied organizations of women workers all over the world through the hashtag #RatifyC190, but for many its relevance for women informal workers, and women street vendors in particular, is still vague.

Thankfully, the distinguished guests of the webinar Ratify ILO C190: Violence Against Women Street Vendors successfully articulated and explained the importance of this Convention for women informal economy workers and how the working lives of women street vendors are plagued by violence and harassment which we must urgently address.

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