HAGURUKA NGO in partnership with The HIVOS Foundation, through Women@Work Campaign which is a global partnership of actors aiming to improve labor practices for women working in the horticulture sector held one day training on National Labor Laws and ILO Core Convention on 20th October 2017 at Highland suites Hotel in Kigali. The Meeting was officiated by Haguruka’s Chairperson Madam Me Munyakindi Monique who encouraged women in horticulture sector to keep up the pace despite their sector being new and is still facing some challenges. The chairperson reminded them that this project will contribute towards building decent workplaces by ensuring sustainable improvement in working conditions for women workers in the horticulture sector. From the project interventions, women workers in Rwanda will benefit from improvements in wage, hourly earnings, working hours, access to social protection, access to maternity right and improved women’s leadership. She also emphasized on their roles and responsibilities of women in the horticulture sector to be champions of women’s right at work which will contribute to the development of the community and the country at large.
The participants were trained on the existing National Labor Laws and ILO Core Convention- ‘’International Labor Standards’’. The objective of the training was to enable participants to understand and familiarize themselves with the Labor Laws in the horticulture sector .The training also gave reliable insights on how workers can organize themselves and negotiate legally binding improvements at their places of work. Participants showcased a desire to know much more on specific human rights instruments, labor laws in Rwanda and regional and international instruments regarding rights of employees and employers, taxation laws and other related laws including the formulation of internal regulation manuals and contracts.
After the training the National Executive Secretary of Haguruka Ms Umurerwa Ninette, addressed the participants and reassured them that Haguruka will take into consideration all their wishes and recommendations. Haguruka pledged close collaboration with these companies working in the horticulture domain to solve issues related to law knowledge coaching, capacity building in various laws and human rights.