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    Since the advent of industrialisation and trade unionism, solidarity has been acknowledged as one of the best ways to advance the worker’s needs and interests. However, solidarity is not enough. Based on a study conducted between August and October 2019 on workers’ representation in the agricultural sector, what workers need is solidarity that is effective and inclusive in order to realise decent work for all amongst many goals.

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    This policy brief evaluates the extent to which the decent work agenda is being realised in Malawi. In 2019 a study on workers representation in Malawi was conducted with the ultimate objective of, realising workers’ rights and welfare through the promotion of decent work for all workers, effective trade unions and proper collaboration amongst key stakeholders. Although the study focused on women, informal workers and the horticultural /agriculture sector, the best practices and recommendations highlighted in this brief are relevant for realising decent work for all

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    This policy brief analyses the nature of representation of women as well as the structural barriers that affect the level of women’s representation in trade unions and how all these impact on addressing women workers’ strategic needs or concerns in the union structure. It also highlights the notable best practices relating to the promotion of women’s participation in unions’ activities in Malawi. The brief makes a number of key policy recommendations.

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    This policy brief analyses the effectiveness and efficiency of trade unions in realizing their mandate, goals and objectives. The brief is based on a study conducted in August 2019 on worker representation in the agriculture sector. Based on the research findings the study makes a number of related policy recommendations on enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of trade unions.

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    It’s been five years since Hivos and Fairfood started the Living Wage Lab. And despite COVID, we are not going to have this auspicious moment go unnoticed. We would like to invite all our Living Wage Lab members and anybody with an interest in agrifood, living wages and living incmes to join us on Thursday 19 November for our one-off broadcast with key speakers from the industry. 

    November 9, 2020
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    Across sectors, most leadership and planning positions at the workplace are held by men and as such, very little consideration is given to provisions around menstrual care and products for female employees. Within the horticultural sector this presents a particularly big challenge because low wages directly contribute to period poverty: meaning most women view these products as luxuries when in fact they should be regarded as necessities.

    November 9, 2020
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    One of the most glaring inequalities that plagues humanity continues to be economic inequality. Even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic, the gap between the rich and the poor has been stretched tenfold and the most economically vulnerable in society have borne the brunt of massive layoffs, salary reductions and inflation.

    November 2, 2020
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    This report, which is a consolidation of the six country reports, offers a brief description of how the assessments were undertaken, the key findings and concrete recommendations to governments, business, trade unions and civil society organizations. The recommendations are geared towards strengthening response to ensure protection of women’s human and labor rights during and after the pandemic.

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    With about 2000 languages spoken across the African continent and almost 100 in East Africa alone, language and its development, critique and transformation has been and is key to shaping culture and attitudes. Language and how it is used can be a way to elevate or degrade dignity. Cultural norms are passed on and preserved through both language and practices. Also, patriarchal ideas and harmful stereotypes are normalized and upheld largely through language.

    October 12, 2020