Haguruka NGO held a one day training on national labor laws and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Core Conventions on 20th October 2017 at Highland Suites hotel in Kigali. This was conducted 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.
The meeting was officiated by Haguruka’s Chairperson Madam Me Munyakindi Monique, who encouraged women in the horticulture sector to keep up progress, despite their sector being relatively new and still facing challenges. The Chairperson reminded them that this project will contribute towards building decent workplaces, by ensuring there is a 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 hourly earnings, working hours, access to social protection, access to maternity right and leadership opportunities. She also emphasized the responsibility of women in the horticulture sector to be champions of women’s rights at work, which she emphasised will contribute to the development of the the country at large.
The participants were trained on the existing national labor laws and ILO Core Conventions, and the objective was to familiarize participants with labor 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, labor 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.