Opinion / Women's Corner
Sunday Women Matters with Blondie - Informal Economy Workers Are Human Too
20 Jul 2014 at 10:17hrs | Views
The 1991 to 1995 Economic Structural Adjustment Programme saw the closure of many companies and retrenchment of workers. Most of the workers who lost their jobs turned to street vending, crossborder trading and backyard manufacturing among a lot of other income generating activities. Needless to say, the majority of street vendors, market vendors and crossborder traders were women while most men set up backyard carpentry and welding businesses among others. These informal economy activities, then became a source of livelihood for many a Zimbabwean family.
The most important thing to take note of is that these are not just 'illegal, public nuisance sort of trash' but Zimbabwean citizens with full constitutional rights. It is on this note that I commend Honourable Beata Nyamupinga for moving a motion in parliament calling for the licensing of vendors and an end to harassment of female vendors by the police. On the same breath, I acknowledge and appreciate Honourable Lucia Matibenga's support for the motion.
It is my hope that out of the parliamentary debate on street vendors will be born a true realisation that informal economy workers are human too.
Source - Lorraine Blondie Sibanda
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