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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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A Testimony from Quebec: The Impact of YCW in a Member’s Everyday Life PDF Print E-mail

“Life is like riding a bicycle.

To keep your balance, you must keep moving”

By Kevin Côté


altI am 27 and I started participating in the Quebec YCW in the summer of 2012. I work as a computer technician for the Quebec government. The reasons why I decided to work in the public sector are my pride in Quebec and my desire to contribute to the common good. I started in Montreal in 2009, and then I had the chance to become a fulltime employee in the city of Quebec. In 2012 I met Christina who told me about the YCW and I took part in my first activity the next summer: the camping rally. I really appreciated the experience. Nature helps us to relax and creates a beautiful atmosphere of friendship.

 

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The Central America YCW Is Moving Faster PDF Print E-mail

Extending to New Places and New Sectors of Work


altNicaragua - Young Christian Workers from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Nicaragua are gathering in Granada, Nicaragua from 2-9 November 2013. They are presenting and sharing concrete actions that they carry out in their countries.

 

These actions are closely linked to the life of young workers. The Guatemala YCW has described the action they are carrying out with young workers in free trade zones and their action with teachers. The YCW in the Dominican Republic is developing actions with young workers in free trade zones and with student workers in the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Autonomous University of Santo Domingo). The Nicaragua YCW has presented the action of young workers in Calypso Apparel and its neighbourhood action on environmental issues. The Venezuela YCW has explained how they organise the action with the workers in Graffitti Store and their action with university workers in UNES.

 

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ASPAC: Continental Action Meeting 2013 PDF Print E-mail

A Diversity of Movements Sharing the Same Dreams and Aspirations


The theme “Just Work and Dignified Life for All Young Workers” was the common denominator and motivation of the delegates who got together from 21 to 25 October 2013 in CICM Maryhill Compound, Taytay City Rizal, Philippines to discuss the pressing issues the young workers are facing today.

 

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Seven Asia-Pacific national movements together with 1 extension movement participated in the meeting, namely YCW Australia, YCW China, YCW India, YCW Indonesia, YCW Japan, YCW Philippines, YCW Pakistan, and YCW Sri Lanka.

 

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The IYCW participates in UNESCO’s 8th Youth Forum PDF Print E-mail

Making Young Workers’ Voice Heard about Youth and Social Inclusion


altThe 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, an integral part of UNESCO’s General Conference, will take place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 29 to 31 October 2013 under the overall theme “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”. Arlindo de Oliveira, the treasurer of the International YCW, will attend the conference.


The theme of the conference was chosen on the basis of a youth online consultation (February 2013) with the contribution of 1,895 young women and men. It will develop around the three objectives of the Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, namely: i) Policy formulation and review with youth participation; ii)Capacity development for the transition to adulthood; iii) Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation.

 

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IYCW Revitalizing the International Cardijn Foundation PDF Print E-mail

A Foundation to Serve the Present and Future Generations of Young Workers


On Sunday 20th October 2013, the International Secretariat team held a meeting in its office as a step forward in revitalizing the International Cardijn Foundation (ICF). The ICF is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve the present and future generations of young workers throughout the world. Officially created in September 1998 on the initiative of the International YCW, the ICF mission is to provide financial support to the projects implemented by young workers in order to improve their living and working conditions.

 

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Throughout his life, Cardijn, who founded the International YCW in 1957, never ceased to disseminate his message that “Each young worker is worth more than all the gold in the world.” Convinced that this message is still true today, the ICF wants to help young people – apprentices or unemployed, domestic workers, workers in the informal economy, casual workers, those exploited in export-processing zones, those excluded from society – to carry out projects which will allow them to live with dignity.

 

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