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International Council 2012, an Introduction PDF Print E-mail

XIIIth International Council of the International Young Christian Workers.


altThe XIII International Council will be held from 13th to 23rd August 2012 in Accra, Ghana. The theme we have chosen for the International Council is “Young Workers as Actors of Change”.


Since the last council, major events and issues have been taking place in the general and young workers’ reality. The youth have been at the forefront and the focus of these issues either as actors, beneficiaries or affected people. Their actions in these events and issues are the testimony to the whole world that youth are involved, concerned and not indifferent to issues affecting them.

 

In the same time we are happy to identify that many actions have been carried out by young workers inside our movements around the world. The focus of these actions is demanding Social Protection: Just work, Gender Equality and Quality Education for life and work. These actions are inspiring other young workers and promotes change in the life of young people involved in the action. At the international level we have collected actions and this is the most powerful proof that the young workers participate, question the contradictions of the capitalistic system, and demand a new world.

 

We are going to organize the council in this important context. It is the moment to review the ongoing process and project the future. In this XIII International Council in Accra, we will define a new plan of action for the movement.

 

We are organizing this council in Africa. It is a continent with different and rich cultures, and the countries are developing steadily even with lots of challenges. Therefore, we will experience the different realities and cultures of Africa in general, and of Ghana in particular, during this council.

 

Our Movement Today:


Our movement began as a global movement 50 years ago, and in 2012 we are going celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first base group organized by Cardijn. The essence of our work as a movement is the formation and training of young working people through action in their daily lives to improve their living and working reality, and through mutual sharing of experiences that will motivate them to be actors, “to become the catalysts for change at all levels in society”.


altWe believe our conscious actions at all levels are transforming the unjust and inhuman conditions that young workers face at work, in their lives and in society. Young workers are creative, dynamic protagonists in transforming the society with equality, justice, peace and opportunities for all.

 

Today, our challenge is to raise awareness among the youth so that they realize their power, potential and capacities. We believe that the fundamental objective of the YCW is still relevant to bring the change in the people’s mentality and in the structure of society. To bring this change, we want to start from our strength: our method of action and reflection as a means to organize and train young workers as actors of change, making full use of the resources and the technological possibilities today's society is offering us.

 

We, as young workers, are taking actions at grassroots, regional, national level and international levels in different parts of the world in order to respond to the contradictions we live. These actions are to achieve just work, gender equality and quality education, the three main pillars of our Social Protection campaign.

 
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