Achieving good working conditions for women in the horticulture supply chains
Decent work for women
The Women@Work Campaign aims to improve the labor conditions of women who work in the global supply chains of flowers and vegetables that are grown in East and Southern Africa for the export market. Hivos and partners catalyze change by collaborating with civil society, governments and businesses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as in the Netherlands. Read more
Upholding women’s labor rights
Many women in African horticulture do not make a living wage, work in unhealthy and unsafe workplaces, are denied basic rights such as maternity leave, and face sexual harassment. The Women@Work Campaign aims to change this. Upholding the rights of women workers – as embedded in various human rights conventions – improves the position of women, benefits the companies involved and has a positive impact on the economy of a country. Read more
News and views
“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.”
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.
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.
Women doing unskilled, low-paid and flexible jobs hardly ever benefit, no matter how well the economy is doing. Low wages and sexual harassment are persistent problems for these women.