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  • A living wage: the difference between living and surviving


    “A Ugandan girl is always judged by whether she would make a good wife, not a potential member of the workforce,” says Leah Eryenyu, a professional feminist who’s fighting to improve the rights of women in the flower sector. “With a living wage women could flourish and take well-considered decisions about their lives.”

  • Success story: strengthening women’s leadership and setting up gender committees in Rwanda


    For the International Labour Organization (ILO), decent work lies at the "heart of social progress" and it is in this same spirit that Hivos under the Women@Work Campaign has engaged in partnership with Rwanda Women’s Network to implement 'Women Leadership Project in the Horticulture Sector in Rwanda', that has also seen the set-up of several successful gender committees that have worked to empower women farm workers.

  • Celebrating the fruits of negotiation training


    Flora Mpukwini speaks firmly.  She is not shy either as she does not mince her words when she narrates a case where a security guard at the farm was sexually harassing a fellow woman worker.

  • Blog: Connecting the dots, key lessons from the campaign


    With an estimated 2.92 billion women working in the world, the need for decent work and gender equality within the workforce should be a key goal for every employer, citizen and government. Taking up its role in this task, Hivos begun the Women@Work Campaign in 2012 and over time Hivos has been able to connect the dots and draw key lessons and experiences that have shaped this intervention.

  • Hazvinei breaks the glass ceiling


    It’s hardly surprising Hazvinei Mariko has broken the glass ceiling and risen to become a supervisor on a rose farm close to the capital, Harare. She is also a representative on the Regional Women Advisory Council (RWAC), a regional advisory council structure within the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the country’s main trade union omnibus.

  • Blog: Trade unions to the rescue


    Minaye flowers in Bishoftu (about 50 kilometers from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia) was, just like many farms, not immune to rampage and disruptions of day-to-day operations whenever there was conflict between staff and management. A year now, the farm has not had any riots. Not that there haven’t been disagreements between the workers and their employer, but because they now know that solving conflicts can be done so amicably.

  • Majority farmworkers in Zimbabwe live on less that 25c a day


    The monthly wage of the lowest-paid farmworkers in Zimbabwe was pegged at ZWL213 in July, throwing that grade of workers into extreme poverty, surviving on less than 25 USD cents a day.

  • Where are we: a factsheet


    This factsheet gives a snapshot analysis of the state of ratification and reporting against regional and international instruments as well as information on the lived reality of women in the work force within these countries.

  • Change Lab revolutionizes horticulture industry in Malawi


    Stakeholders in the horticulture industry in Malawi have taken a major stride towards a collaborative approach to productive employment and sustainable enterprises. Dubbed the Change Lab, the concept seeks to bring players and interested stakeholders in the industry to discuss innovative ideas on how to work towards a living wage in the horticulture industry in Malawi.

  • Annual horticulture reporting awards to be launched


    The Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) will next year include horticulture as a category in the Agriculture Media Awards after excluding it by mistake from the inaugural awards held this year.