Hannah PS Tarpeh is from Liberia. She is a business woman and a high school graduate. Hannah founded the Women of Hope organization and presently is co-chair of Federation Petty Traders & Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia (FEPTIWUL).
Aaron Boima is the current National General Secretary of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU), of which he was a co-founder in 2004 along with other associations of traders. He is also the Coordinator for Informal Economy Workers of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC). Aaron is a passionate advocate defending and organizing the unorganized. He is a trade unionist, from the Eastern Province, living in Kono Koidu City in Sierra Leone. He is a member of the StreetNet International Council and also serves as a member of the Human Resources Committee of the organization.
Anastasie Chodaton is the Acting General Secretary of am Acting of Streetet affiliate Syndicat National des Vendeurs, Vendeuses et Assimilés des Marchés du Bénin (SYNAVAMAB) and she is a member of the International Council of Streetnet.
She also the current representative of market vendors sitting on the Board of Directors of Société de Gestion des Marchés Autonomes SOGEMA, and President of the Association des vendeuses Unies pour le Développement.
Within her work with these organizations, she carries out awareness-raising activities, actions for the fight for the rights of informal economy workers within markets in her country. They work upstream with the government for a good organization of the markets.
Gabriela Calandria Álvarez belongs to the international council of Streetnet for two terms. She has been a member of the Wiego board since 2018 (representing workers).
She is a member of the board of AFFE (Asociación de Feriantes de Ferias Especiales) Uruguay – Montevideo, and was a founder of this association in 1991. Social leader, member of the social security commission in 1996 for the creation of the monotax for self-employed workers (BPS) .
A worker for gender equality rights, she has been in different feminist organizations in Uruguay, she is a social activist who never received income from her social and union work more than the satisfaction of contributing something to have a more just society. Her job is at the fair as a seller from 1990 to the present and her only income.
José Hermínio Diaz Guevara has been working in the informal economy since he was ten years old, particularly as a street vendor. He joined the organization FESTIVES when he was 17 years old as Youth Secretary. He stayed in that position for a long period. He then became Finance Secretary and is now the General Secretary of the organization. He has been a part of several associations of informal economy workers and he is a member of the StreetNet International Council at the international level.
Kenwilliams Mhango is the current President of the Malawi Union for Informal Sector. He is also the Country Director of the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect. Previously, he worked as a Human Resources manager, as leader of the Malawi Congress of Trades Union and Southern Africa Trade Union Council (SATUC), and also served as Special advisor to the State Republican President, on Labor and Social Protection issues.
He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations of the University of Zambia and a Advance diploma in human resource management and development of the National Institute of Public Administration.
He has over 10 years of experience improving the socio-economic and political position of the marginalized, especially vulnerable workers, and was a Privatization Commissioner for 10 years. Chairman of the Malawi Wages Advisory Council for 10 years. Member of the Governing Council of the ILO for 11 years. Founder of the Malawi Union for Informal Sector in 1998.
He served as a Board Member for HRCC, Media AIDS and Heath Watch (Mawa, a health rights grouping of Malawian online (new media), print, and electronic media journalists and practitioners) and Lifeline Southern Africa, among others.
Kenwilliams is dedicated to the community and his belief is that innovative development processes are critical to the development of poor and historically marginalized communities. His contribution is to effectively and efficiently bring sustainable improvements to the living standards of the people of Malawi, especially children, youth and women through self-help projects based on their priorities, needs and capabilities and other activities aimed at alleviating their poverty.
In 2011, he received Malawi’s ‘Top Human Rights Defender’ Award from the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC, a grouping of 97 Malawian human rights NGOs working in the area of human rights, good governance and social emancipation. In 2011, he received an award from the French Government for Human Rights Defenders. In 2012, he received the third award, from the Mayor of Roma on how best to use IT.
Iryna Yaskevich was born on January 17, 1963 in the city Starye Dorohi, Minsk region, Belarus. She has graduated from Minsk Technological College with the specialization “Designer of female garments “. Since 1996 she becomes an entrepreneur (self-employed). In 1998 Iryna becomes a Chairperson of the Council of Entrepreneurs at a small market “Yuzhny”. In 2008 she was elected as a Chairperson of the Board of Entrepreneurs at one of the largest shopping center in Vitebsk called “Evikom”. Since 2005 the process of registering the Belarusian independent trade union “Together” has been going on. Until now, three constituent congresses of the union had taken place. In order to defend their right to an independent trade union there were three trials held in the Supreme Court and three times the registration of the union has been refused. Iryna has participated and initiated more than 12 strikes not only in the city of Vitebsk, but also in the city of Minsk, one of which lasted about 3 months. In the result of taking part in strikes in 2003, she was included in the working group in the Ministry of Economy. In 2017 she has registered the Entrepreneurship Support Center. Iryna devoted more than 20 years to the protection of entrepreneurs’ rights. She has two children and a granddaughter.
Barry Kadiatou is from Guinea. She graduated from Gamal Abdel Nasser University in Conakry, with a Masters in Biochemistry. Barry worked as Section Chief of the Biological Research Laboratory of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Coordinator of the CAP and CAPE fishing companies in Conakry; Head of Training Section at the Human Resources Division of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Director of the Kénien Refrigeration Center.
As a trade unionist, Barry is a member of the trade union section of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Federation of Professional Trade Unions for Rural Development (FSPDR). She is also a member of the Executive Board of the National Confederation of Guinean Workers (2nd Secretary of the Cooperatives, Mutuals and Informal Department) Deputy Coordinator of the WSM / CNTG Union Cooperation Program, and member of the StreetNet International Council. Barry also has additional training on mutuals and cooperatives in Guinea and has followed trainers’ training in Atlanta (USA) and Paris (France) and participated in an exchange of experiences in Algiers on gender equality and Social Dialogue in Africa