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    Just one day at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) showed me that this year’s theme, ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment in the changing world of work’, may finally bring some well-deserved attention to the feminization of migration and the plight of women in domestic work. But – will this attention […]

    March 14, 2017
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    On June 16, International Domestic Worker’s Day, Hivos is focussing attention on the range of abuses domestic workers from Southeast Asia face in the Gulf Region every day: non-payment of salaries, forced confinement, food deprivation, excessive workloads, and instances of severe psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Especially now in the month of Ramadan, their working […]

    June 16, 2016
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    The Zimbabwean government should through a statutory instrument (SI) immediately put in place occupational safety, health and environment (OSHE) legislation to address long-standing health issues affecting farmworkers especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    April 30, 2020
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    By Faith Muiruri Rwanda’s informal sector workers can now breathe easy following an amendment to the labour law that guarantees them a minimum wage. According to the Secretary General of Rwanda Workers Trade Union Federation, Biraboneye Africain, the new law will help harmonise salaries in the informal sector. Speaking during this year’s women@work campaign partners […]

    April 29, 2019
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    Approximately, 250 million roses will be produced for Valentine’s Day globally. Kenya is the lead exporter of rose cut flowers to the European Union with a market share of 38 per cent as of 2015.  In 2016, Kenya’s earnings from cut flowers rose 18 per cent to Sh53.3 billion from Sh45.1 billion in the previous […]

    February 14, 2017
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    By Imungu Kalevera, Program Associate, Women@Work Campaign Marking its 29th year of observance and action, the Global 16 Days campaign is the longest running campaign against sexual and gender-based violence against women. Happily, in June 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the Violence and Harassment Convention C190. This marked the culmination of years of campaigning by the Center for Women’s Global […]

    November 25, 2020
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    Across East Africa, a repressive tide against freedom of expression continues to rise through punitive laws being passed by the day. On 5 June 2020, the Kenya government printer published the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2020 which includes proposed changes to the Film and Stage Plays Act 1962 (Cap 222) to give the Kenya […]

    August 11, 2020
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    Opening opportunities for gender equality in the transition to sustainable energy By Sheila Oparaocha and Elizabeth Cecelski (ENERGIA)**, Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA), Dymphna van der Lans (Clean Cooking Alliance), Irene Giner-Reichl (GWNET), Monica Maduekwe (ECREEE), Ajaita Shah (Frontier Markets) As women leaders working to achieve sustainable energy for all, we are calling for gender equality in […]

    June 30, 2020
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    Opinion by Karen Hammink and Justus Eisfeld, both Program Development Manager Sexual Rights and Diversity at Hivos Covid-19 demonstrates once again that no disaster affects all people equally. Groups that were already pushed to the margins of society before the virus existed are likely to be most affected. Women and girls, LGBTI persons, people living […]

    June 18, 2020
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    2020 will go down in history as the year that put a hold on daily life around the globe. We have an opportunity to make sure it will also be remembered as the year in which the fight for more inclusive, transparent and green societies gained a new and inspired push. The actions that we […]

    June 15, 2020
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    How Hivos’ civil society partners contribute to the growing energy access rate in Nepal

    Our partner CRT/N provided training to sensitize municipalities about the many benefits of energy access. This soon resulted in allocated budgets and work plans for energy access in nine municipalities, largely for domestic clean cooking systems.

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    The spread of COVID-19 is increasing worldwide. In Latin America, where developments are about two weeks behind Europe, they’re holding their breath. We spoke to our colleague in Costa Rica, Women’s Empowerment Program Development Manager Manine Arends, about her concerns and what lies ahead. “Measures to halt the spread of the disease vary enormously here […]

    April 10, 2020