by Fungai Munetsi
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations empowers Women, Men, Youth, and People with Disabilities in the informal economy in Chipinge Territory through study circles training for them to defend their rights, safeguard their achievements and promote their interests as they participate in all issues that affect them at work and in society. The study circles training started on the 20th to the 23rd of October 2020 and is facilitated by ZCIEA 3rd vice National President Stella Chivandikwa with the assistance of ZCIEA Projects officer Emilda Terere. The study circles training is a Decent Work Zimbabwe project funded by the European Union and Freidrich Ebert Stiftung who is the cooperating partner. This training is divided into 2 small groups of 45 each for two days to comply with the Ministry of Health guidelines. In the end, a total of 90 informal economy workers and traders are empowered through study circles training.
The objectives of this study circles training are as follows:
give a basic orientation to members on their organization and roles create platforms for informal economy workers to share experiences and work relations inform informal economy workers and members on their basic rights influence members to develop an interest to participate in employment and society issues facilitate the development of strategies for transitioning the informal economy to formalization.
This training consist of 8 key books which are as follows: Book 1 – Informal Economy Organisation, Book 2- Occupational Health and Safety, HIV & AIDS, Book 3 – Mobilising and Building Business Resources, Book 4 – Good Leadership Qualities and Skills, Book 5 – Economic Literacy and Decent Work Agenda, Book 6 – Informal Economy Laws, Book 7 – Gender Issues in the Informal Economy, Book 8 – Climate Change and the Informal Economy.
ZCIEA saw the need for decent work for all workers hence its empowerment program through study circles. In the absence of decent work, there are decent work deficits such as the denial of rights at work, unsafe working conditions, and lack of income security and adequate representation in social dialogue. Members in Chipinge Territory expressed gratitude to ZCIEA for providing training that empowers them as workers and to be active citizens in society.
The study circles have also been adjusted to include training and awareness-raising on COVID-19 and measures to prevent its further spread. To date, ZCIEA has conducted a total of 20 study circles directly empowering 1800 women, youth, people with disabilities, and men from Harare, Chivhu, Kadoma, Gwanda, Chinhoyi, Triangle, Guruve, Hwange, Masvingo, Plumtree, Bindura, Gokwe Center, Gokwe North, Gutu, Marondera, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Karoi, and Kariba.
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