Street vendor violently attacked in Accra, Ghana, struggles to pay medical bills to treat injuries inflicted by local authorities

Solomon Ansah is a 32-year-old street vendor working in Accra, Ghana. He sells footwear at a spot on the Spintex road known as Flowerpot, a busy street opposite the Palace Shopping Mall, along with many other informal traders.

Solomon is married with three children, with a fourth child on the way. He turned to the informal economy to be able to support his family. He has been working as a street vendor for four years, along with his wife, Janet Ansah, who also sells “fried donuts” called “Bof-loat” close to his husband’s vending space.

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STATEMENT BY UNION OF INFORMAL WORKERS’ASSOCIATIONS (UNIWA) OF TUC (GHANA)

On Thursday 15th of July, 2021, armed uniform men from the Ghana Police Service in what can be described as a guerilla warfare style, brutally assaulted Solomon Ansah a 32year old Street Vendor who is married with three children. According to Solomon, his only crime for which the Police Service swiftly responded with instant justice was that, he was selling on the streets opposite the Palace Shopping Mall which is on the Spintex Road to cater for his wife and three children. Prior to this cruel treatment by the Ghana Police and the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly, his wife was almost due with their fourth child. This is a heartless act from two Ghanaian institutions whose mandate many of us can tell is to protect the rights of the weak and vulnerable.

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The Right to the City and informal economy workers in public spaces

Street vendors are workers who make their living trading goods in the streets, squares and markets of cities. In large urban centers, especially in countries with the highest unemployment rates in the formal labor market, we see men and women working in public spaces from dawn to dusk selling food, beverages, utilities, and a variety of merchandise.

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Inspiring Workers: Jeanette Nyiramasengesho

Jeanette Nyiramasengesho is the President of SYTRIECI, a trade union of informal economy workers in Rwanda. Since her childhood, Jeanette has devoted her life to building solidarity and was a pioneer organizer of informal economy workers in her country. She is currently a member of the StreetNet International Council devoted to women’s leadership and strongly encourages young people to become more involved in the collective fight for street vendors’ rights.

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Essential Workers to Discuss Framework for Just COVID-19 Recovery

Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, ‘Essential for Recovery’ Summit Brings Together Groups Representing Millions of Workers Worldwide in Formal and Informal Economies 

Sophia Bush, Martin Sheen, and Yalitza Aparicio Martínez to Join ILO Director Guy Ryder, Brid Gould of Sodexo, Saadia Zahidi of the World Economic Forum, and Sharan Burrow of ITUC on Stage with Workers

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Learning about social dialogue for street vendors in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani federation Xhidmat-ISH with the support of the international organization StreetNet held a number of educational and training seminars on the topic “Basics of social dialogue between  street vendors“, as we know the periodic discussion of the strategic task of social dialogue and tripartism in accordance with the mechanism for the implementation of the Declaration of Social Justice for a Fair Globalization was adopted in 2008 by the ILO.

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Meet our Youth Reporters on the Ground!

StreetNet International has developed a new project, aimed at mobilizing youth activists and bridging the information gap between StreetNet and its affiliate organizations. The “Youth Reporters on the Ground” was officially launched in June 2021, with 11 participants from SNI affiliates from different countries. Until December 2021, these youth reporters will be following trainings on communication and report on the activities of street vendors and their organizations.

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The ILO International Labour Conference 2021: Why StreetNet stood for social security for all?

Between the 3rd and the 19th of June of this year, the first part of the 109th International Labor Conference – ILC took place, historically held each year by the International Labor Organization – ILO in the same period, and which this time took place online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Once again, the world of work, made up of workers, employers and governments, gathered in debates organized by the ILO to discuss the main challenges and guidelines to be taken by the world. This time, a Recommendation or Convention was not being discussed, but the debate on social security.

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Collective Struggle: FIWON (Nigeria)

The Federation of Informal Workers Organisation of Nigeria – FIWON was founded on June 18, 2010. It was the result of several years of efforts by activists to form a national platform pushing for the contributions of informal economy workers to be recognized, respected and appreciated. We talked with FIWON’s General Secretary, Gbenga Komolafe, to learn more about the collective struggle of informal economy workers in Nigeria and discover what we can learn from their experience.

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