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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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    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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    No one would have imagined the effect that COVID-19 would have, in almost all sectors across the globe, including horticulture. It is within this context that Hivos commissioned a rapid assessment with an aim to establish the impact of the virus amongst women in the horticulture sector, specifically in Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Rwamagana District.

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    This rapid assessment report is part of a large initiative led by Hivos East Africa in collaboration with Women@Work partners to promote decent work for women in the global horticulture supply chain and focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the horticulture sector. The rapid assessment was conducted through a phone survey carried out between April 29 and May 11, 2020.

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    Late Blossoms! is a baseline study on the implementation of the model sexual harassment policy in the cut flower sector of Kenya, commissioned by Haki Mashinani.

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    A mentoring and sisterhood guide for women workers in flower farms.