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  • Women@Work

    Aim

    To improve labor conditions for women working in global horticulture supply chains (flowers, fresh vegetables, beans, avocados and chilies) through fair wages, security in the workplace and good working conditions.

    Where

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Why

    Women doing unskilled, low paid and flexible jobs hardly ever benefit, no matter how well the economy is doing. Low wages and sexual harassment are a persistent problem for these women, especially in horticulture.

    How

    Since 2012, Women@Work has established itself as East Africa’s largest structured dialogue and advocacy platform on women’s labor rights. With ever-growing credibility, it works with business, governments and civil society actors to enforce change for women employees regarding decent wages, participation in decision making, leadership at management level and in trade unions, as well as safety and security in the workplace without sexual harassment.

    Results so far

    The program was instrumental in the adoption of a Model Sexual Harassment Policy in 2017 by 100 flower farms in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda, leading to significant salary increases, promotions and improved working conditions for women. In March 2017, Women@Work extended its activities to Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The program used Hivos’ expertise in HIV & Human Rights to set up the “Blooming Workplaces and Communities Project” in Uganda in 2017 to address discrimination faced by women living with HIV and AIDS, both in their workplace and at home. Another major result is the establishment of a Living Wage Lab in the Netherlands.

    Period and budget

    2016-2020, €12.5 million

    Partners

    Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor) and 25 local partners including 6 labour unions; 4 lawyers associations; 2 commercial partners (UFEA and commercial farmers union); 6 women’s organizations; 4 human rights/labour rights organizations; 3 advisory/ research organizations

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