Haguruka held a one-day training on national labour laws and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Core Conventions. This was conducted in partnership with the HIVOS Foundation, through the ‘Women@Work’ Campaign, which is a global partnership of actors aiming to improve labour practices for women working in the horticulture sector.
The meeting was officiated by Haguruka’s Chairperson, Madam Me Munyakindi Monique, who encouraged women in the horticulture sector to progress, despite their sector being relatively new and still facing challenges. The Chairperson reminded them that this project will contribute towards building good workplaces by ensuring that there is a sustainable improvement in working conditions for female workers in the horticulture sector. From the project interventions, female workers in Rwanda will benefit from improvements in hourly earnings, working hours, access to social protection, access to maternity rights, and leadership opportunities. She also emphasized the responsibility of women in the horticulture sector to be champions of women’s rights at work, which will contribute to the development of the country at large.
The participants were informed of the existing national labour laws and ILO Core Conventions and familiarized with labour laws applicable to the horticulture sector. The training also showed participants how they can organize themselves and negotiate legally binding improvements at their places of work. Participants showed a desire to learn more about specific human rights instruments, labour laws in Rwanda, regional and international instruments governing rights of employees and employers, internal regulation manuals and contracts, taxation laws, and other related laws.
After the training the National Executive Secretary of Haguruka, Ms Umurerwa Ninette, addressed the participants and reassured them that Haguruka will take into consideration their recommendations. Haguruka pledged to closely collaborate with companies working in the horticulture sector to build capacity and increase knowledge of relevant laws and workers rights.