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  • blog

    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
  • news

    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
  • blog

    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
  • news

    In 1943, Lebanese nationalists took to the streets to demand the release of the first post-independence Lebanese president and other political figures who had been imprisoned under the French Mandate. Among the protestors were many women. They were fighting for Lebanon’s independence even though the union they belonged to, which was pushing to acknowledge women […]

    May 9, 2019
  • story

    On International Women’s Day, we celebrate women entrepreneurs

    Bonnie Chiu is a driven social entrepreneur, gender equality advocate, social impact consultant and inspirational speaker. Our paths first crossed in 2014, when she submitted a “promising innovative idea”- Lensational – to the Hivos Social Innovation Award. “I want to break all these stereotypes and see women portrayed as strong and empowered.”

  • program

    Aim To promote, uphold and strengthen economic and labor rights of women domestic workers in Kenya by amplifying their voices around equal opportunity. Where Kenya Why Despite being one of the oldest and most important employment sectors for millions of people all over the world, domestic work is often undervalued and poorly regulated. In addition […]

  • news

    From global movements like #MeToo to the Women’s March, one thing has become clear: women can no longer be ignored. In this month- during and after International Women’s Day, Hivos East Africa joins the rest of the world in shedding a spotlight on women who are rarely celebrated for their boldness and resilience in advocating […]

    March 10, 2018
  • news

    Address by Edwin Huizing at the City Maker session organised by Hivos during the SIX Wayfinder conference on social innovation in London on 16 and 17 February. Today we celebrate the social innovation field’s tenth birthday. To our mind this should start with celebrating the ingenuity and inspiration of people to face power in creative ways. […]

    February 16, 2017
  • news

    Many international conventions and human rights bodies have always demanded the inclusion of marginalised groups politically, socially and economically. Yet even with existing policies that advocate for the integration of these groups in sustainable development processes, little has been achieved to realise their social inclusion. Hivos East Africa’s new Voice programme has taken a proactive […]

    February 7, 2017
  • news

    The Bridges project (formerly known as Shelter Me) is a unique initiative in the Gulf region, in which and Hivos collaborate to improve the employment relationship between employers and their domestic workers. Part of our approach is to work with international businesses to develop a Code of Conduct to support and guide their staff […]

    December 1, 2016
  • news

    By Caroline Wahome Update July 24: Working with the Kenya Flower Council, civil society organizations under Hivos’ Women@Work Campaign have sent food packages and mobile money transfers to flower farm workers. This will help compensate them for the loss of income caused by the Covid-19. A total of 7,000 workers in the flower sector are […]

    July 17, 2020
  • opinion

    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