Over the years, SIHA has developed deep and unique expertise in supporting women in the informal economy across the Greater Horn of Africa, to know and claim their economic, social and cultural rights, whilst enabling them to organize in cooperatives and unions. This model of movement-building has recorded immense success with more than five thousand (5,000) women informal laborers being organized in cooperatives. Majority of the cooperatives are now members of SIHA’s network. In tandem with the cooperatives’ agenda, SIHA utilizes its position as a global actor to advocate for the safety and protection of women working in the informal economy – not limited to women street vendors, petty traders, domestic workers, alcohol brewers. SIHA also focuses its programming and advocacy in favor of women IDPs coming from rural areas, refugees, minority groups and others on the margins of society particularly vulnerable to economic exploitation.
SIHA targets the economic empowerment of women informal laborers to bring them out of the margins of employment through skills-building specifically around literacy skills and marketable skills beyond the informal economy. Beyond this, SIHA supports these women to break gender stereotypes in employment options that are typically and primarily available to men.
In order to support advocacy and influencing women’s economic empowerment in the Greater Horn, SIHA uses research to emphasize the contribution of women in the informal economy to overall national economies.