Street vendors sell produces at High School junction Kohima during the observance of International Street Vendors Day on November 14. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | November 14
As the International Street Vendors Day was celebrated across the world on November 14, North East Network (NEN) along with Self Employed Women Association (SEWA) also observed the day, calling for recognition of the contribution of street vendors to national development and to raise awareness on the significant challenges vendors face.
North East Network and Self Employed Women Association observed the day at High School Junction, Kohima from 7:00 AM till 3:00 PM.
Acknowledging street vending as an important livelihood which sustains huge number of urban population at the same time sustaining other thousands of livelihoods in the rural areas, SEWA and NEN observed the day where all members of SEWA collectively sold their produces at prominent public space in Kohima city.
“This collective action is an act of assertion to the right to livelihood, and demand for recognition and protection of their livelihood,” the organizer said.
North East Network (NEN) is a women’s rights organisation linking with women irrespective of their diversity and regardless of ethnicity, sexual/gender identity disability, culture and space. SEWA is a collective recognized central Union of workers in the informal sector across the country. In Kohima, the members of SEWA comprises of street vendors, weavers and farmers.