This issue of SEEDS explores the experience of women working and organizing as urban street vendors at a time when both the volume of demand and the number of vendors are expected to grow. As municipalities seek to change laws that affect how street vendors ply their trade, it is clear that vendors must have a seat at the table. Local-level organizational efforts need to be consolidated at the national level to cement vendors’ hard-earned gains as rights in national laws and policy. A 1995 meeting in Bellagio conceived an international alliance of street vendors—StreetNet—which aims to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors and practical organizing and advocacy strategies. Its four main objectives are: to gain an understanding of the common problems faced by street vendors, develop new ideas for strengthening their organizing and advocacy efforts, and join an international campaign to promote policies and actions that can contribute to improving the lives of millions of women working as street vendors.
Cohen, Monique. 2000. "Women street vendors: The road to recognition," SEEDS no. 20. New York: Population Council.