Working together for living wages

How do you get governments, producers, retailers, certifiers and civil society to step up efforts together towards a living wage in the agri-food sector? You organize “The Only Way is Up!” – the first major European conference on living wages organized in seven years. Last November, 300 people gathered in the Van Nelle Fabriek in the Netherlands to do just that. It is one of the many activities we have organized over the past five years to ensure women workers in the horticulture sector earn a living wage.

Low wages are a persistent problem in the horticulture sector in East and Southern Africa. Many countries lack a minimum wage, and even when there is one, it is often not enough to afford a decent life. The current COVID-19 crisis further exacerbates this. The impact of the pandemic on women workers in the flower industry is enormous. Massive lay-offs are affecting families that were already living in poverty.


Why you should lean into Pisa

Like many destinations that are famous for a single attraction, Pisa in Tuscany is a place where few people know what else there is to do. Get the scoop on why you should visit from Evelien Vleeshouwers, who lived in the Italian city for years.

If you are looking for day trips from Florence, make sure to include Pisa in your travel plans. Although mainly famous for its leaning tower, there is much more to see in this Tuscan city.


CSR Africa portal blooms at the Kenyan flower fair

A sea of roses, great Indian food and a dedicated team all set to improve working conditions in the flower industry. That pretty much sums up our experience at the Kenyan Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTEX), which took place from June 5 to 7 in the Oshwal Center in Nairobi.

Every year, flower growers, buyers and other stakeholders from all across East Africa, and abroad, gather at IFTEX to do business. Now, after weeks of preparation and many Skype calls, I, too, was going to be there! I met up with Andrea and Floor of the Dutch social enterprise Impact Institute at Schiphol Airport to fly to Nairobi and join our Women@Work Campaign colleagues from Hivos East Africa and the Kenyan NGO Ufadhili Trust. Our mission? To promote the CSR Africa portal amongst the nearly 200 exhibitors at the fair.


Rwanda Women’s Network assesses the implementation of SDG8: decent work

The lack of a minimum wage in Rwanda is the biggest obstacle towards achieving SDG8 – which advocates for decent work – a report has said. Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN), one of the implementing partners of the Women@Work Campaign has published a position brief on the implementation of SDG8 in Rwanda, which focuses on the promotion of decent work.

“This position brief gives a perspective on the implementation of SDG8 and addresses decent work challenges, highlighting gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment challenges”, explains Odette Dushime Ntambara, Communication & Advocacy Officer for RWN.


Three benefits of a system camera

Are you thinking about buying a new camera, but you are not sure what kind to pick? Go for a system camera! This gives you the best of all worlds, without being extremely expensive or too difficult to understand. In this article, I will explain the three main benefits of this type of camera.


How to achieve intercommunal peace – The story of Rumbek

Rumbek was recently one of the most insecure towns in South Sudan. At times when I spoke with people in Juba and told them I was working there, I was met with pity. It was the example of how intercommunal violence can disrupt normal life in a major way. Not so anymore. The story has changed.

With everything that is going on in the country, the three communities in Rumbek have finally embraced peace and it is currently one of the more stable places in South Sudan. I met the three men responsible for this astonishing success. 


UNMISS engages women on peacebuilding in Rumbek

A group of 40 women in Rumbek talked about their possible contributions to peacebuilding during an engagement organized by the UNMISS Public Information Section in Rumbek.

The women’s group from the Sacred Heart Parish was shown the documentary ‘Pray the devil back to hell’. The film tells the story of Liberian women and their efforts for the peace process. After the movie the UNMISS team comprised of the Gender, Civil Affairs and Public Information Section held a group discussion with the participants.