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Ukraine YCW: Revolution Is Not Over Yet! PDF Print E-mail

Young Workers Demand Better Jobs!


altAfter the overthrow of the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, the situation in Ukraine has not calmed down. The threat of war comes from Russia which cites as a reason the need to provide protection to Russian citizens who live in Ukraine, particularly in the Crimea.

 

Responding to the threat of war, leaders of a number of nations and the UN called on Russia to halt its plans to attack Ukraine because it violates the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994, which guarantees the security of Ukraine against external aggression, although legal interpretation differs on whether the threat has to involve nuclear weapons.

 

At the grassroots level, the people continue to consolidate their forces and urge the government to take strategic steps for the recovery of the political situation in the country. The current economic and political crisis in Ukraine causes uncertainty in many aspects of young workers’ lives. Life and jobs are becoming more precarious and difficult everyday.

 

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Violence in Venezuela: A statement from our national movement PDF Print E-mail

“This is an attempt to undermine democracy in Venezuela”


altVenezuela has been hit by protests and violence over the last weeks. The demonstrations, originally attributed to students protesting against the high rate of inflation and crime, rapidly degenerated into violent acts that the Venezuelan government and its Mercosur partners (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) described as “attempts to destabilize the democratic order.” President Maduro convened a peace conference “for a fruitful dialogue towards peace and tolerance, to isolate violence”, but so far demonstrations by opponents and supporters of the government have continued.

 

The Venezuela YCW has issued a statement denouncing the role played by the United States, international corporations and major transnational media in supporting the violent opposition and manipulating the information.

 

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International Women’s Day 2014: The IYCW Demands Equal Participation and the Elimination of Gender Discrimination PDF Print E-mail

"A Dignified Life for Women Is Progress For All"


altIt is said that when young women receive equal access to training facilities, education and opportunities, and move on to participate fully in economic decision-making, they are a key driving force against poverty. Young women with equal rights are better educated, healthier, and deliver greater access to land, jobs and financial resources.

 

Women do not freely advance in all spheres of their lives because of discrimination as well as early school dropout due to teenage pregnancies. Their increased earning power in turn raises household incomes. By enhancing women's control over decision-making in the household, gender equality also translates into better prospects and greater wellbeing of children, reducing poverty of future generations.

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JOC Europe Seminar: Just Work Instead of Precarious Work! PDF Print E-mail

Young people in Europe work under increasingly precarious conditions


altYCW leaders from Germany, Belgium (Wallonia and Flanders) and Ukraine met in Königswinter, Germany at the invitation of the European coordination of the YCW (JOCE) from 27th November to 1st December 2013 to discuss the situation of work precariousness in Europe.

 

This European seminar, which was conducted by JOCE under the theme of “Talkin’ ‘bout my generation,” grappled with the consequences of precarious employment for young people in Europe. The special feature of this seminar was that all participants had been or are now in precarious employment.

 

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Our Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Guest of Honour at the IYCW International Council in South Africa, 1995 PDF Print E-mail

“No matter how unequal the situation, if the people are committed and well organised, then not even the most vicious oppressor can hold them back forever”


altSunday 26th November 1995 was a big day for the South Africa YCW and the 130 delegates of the IYCW International Council. The South African YCW had decided to hold the opening ceremony in the small black township of Oukasie-Brits.

 

The apartheid regime had wanted to wipe Oukasie, a black shanty town, off the map and send its black population 30 km away from there because they were a black spot at the doorstep of a small white city, Brits. The township became a centre of opposition to the regime. The local YCW set up defence committees and a trade union, and thanks to the international campaign in which the International YCW took a very active part, the government was forced to give up its scheme.

 

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The Elimination of Violence against Women: A Priority for the IYCW PDF Print E-mail

Violence against women is not confined to one country or continent, it crosses borders and oceans

 

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, celebrated on 25th November, is an opportunity to look at the statistics released by the international institutions. They are horrifying. According to World Bank data, “women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.” UN figures show that “around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime” and in armed conflict zones, hundreds of thousands of women have been raped.

 

Violence against women is not confined to a specific country or continent, it crosses borders and oceans. It is not confined to a specific culture or social class, it affects all cultures and every stratum of society. It is not only physical but also moral. According to the UN, “the roots of violence against women lie in the historic inequality of power in the relations between men and women and in the persistent discrimination against women.” The IYCW is fully aware of this, and gender equality is precisely one of the key pillars of its international campaign for decent work and a dignified life for all young workers.

 

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Visiting the Namibia YCW: A Fight for Better Living Conditions PDF Print E-mail

The Panaf coordinator describes the problems faced by young women

 

altOn behalf of the African Commission and the IYCW-PANAF coordination, James Denteh visited the Namibia YCW from 15th to 25th October. The main objective of this visit was to support the national movement in the review of the action, coordination and finances and to strengthen the link between their local/national actions and the continental and international campaign on “Just Work and Dignified Life for all Young Workers”.

 

One of the main problems faced by young women in Namibia is school dropout caused by early pregnancy and childbirth.

 

They are young women between 15 and 28 years old, living in remote areas, in precarious and poor conditions. As most parents cannot afford education for their children, the only option is to drop out of school and live their own ways.

 

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