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International Women's Day: IYCW Demands to Stop Gender Discrimination! PDF Print E-mail

Today is 8th March, the International Women's Day. This day reminds us of the long history of the struggle for women's rights which has been carried out until today. It reminds us especially of the demand for women’s suffrage, one of the demands brought forward in several countries as this special day historically evolved into a collective, international symbol.


“I was born in an indigenous community in Guatemala and my parents had to migrate to the capital city. I had to start working at the age of 14 to put myself through school. I have worked for two years at Coransa, a textile maquila (which later changed its name to Denimatrix), in the laundry section where I have a production target of 2,500 trousers that need to be revised to ensure they have no defects. Through the continuous process of education and action of YCW Guatemala we have seen the high level of exploitation and the workers’ rights being trampled on; they have long working hours and unpaid overtime. When I first started, the company had 3,200 workers, it currently has 1,800 and the company has used mass dismissals. – Nadia (YCW Guatemala)


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The challenge of the digital revolution PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW at the 2016 International Conference of NGOs

 

altThe 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in partnership with the Unesco was held from 12 to 14 December in Paris. The conference focused on the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” and was organized around four subthemes: “The digital revolution and its impact on the diversity of cultural expressions”; “The challenge of access to digital information”; “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?”; and, “Science and the digital revolution: which ethical implications?” The International YCW took an active part in it and made its contribution to the debate.

 

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The World of Work in Asia and Pacific PDF Print E-mail

by Andy N. Predicala

 

The Asia and Pacific region includes 47 countries that account for about 61 percent of the total world population. Data suggest that in 2016, more than 4.5 billion inhabitants out 7.4 billion worldwide belonged to that region. Asia-Pacific is home to diversified cultures and traditions.

 

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According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) during its 16th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting held in Bali, Indonesia, Asia-Pacific also provides more than 60 percent of the labor force worldwide. Over the past years, it has experienced a significant decline in poverty rates, a growth of modern industries and has a more educated labor force. However, employment which is a key factor in helping people move out of poverty remains stubbornly low. The sustained economic growth and dynamism does not translate into social progress and only benefits the few.

 

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The International Council and its Relevance to the Future of the World of Work PDF Print E-mail

by Andy Predicala


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The International Council of the International Young Christian Workers was a timely event organized by its activists every 4 years to identify where the movement is today, and how it will go forward. Our fast-evolving world has generated closer interaction among people but it has created different situations in every country and continent. These developments have had consequences and impact in the world of work, affecting thousands of workers, and young workers in particular.

 

Click here to see photos of the Council.

 

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Catholic-Inspired Organizations Working Together for Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

IYCW Statement at Seminar Co-Sponsored by the Holy See and the ILO

 

Representatives of Catholic-inspired organizations and religious congregations gathered in Rome on 29-30 April 2016, together with officials of the Holy See and of the International Labour Organization, with one aim: to make “decent work for all” an explicit goal of the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

 

On this occasion, Luis Vargas, a YCW Venezuela activist, made a statement on the reality of young workers in the Americas. Young people are faced with a wide range of problems such as precarious work, informal work, little access to education and training, unemployment, discrimination, unfair dismissals, machismo, and sexual harassment.

 

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Act for dignity and the future of work PDF Print E-mail

International Week of Young Workers and May Day 2016

 

altThe International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) salutes all Young Workers in their struggle for dignity in this current most challenging time. The International Week of Young Workers (IWYW) is a week that the IYCW initiated in 1984, dedicated to the life and work of young workers.

 

This important week promotes the actions of young workers aimed at changing their working conditions, the society in which they live, and their personal lives towards the new society that we are dreaming of.

 

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International Women’s Day 2016: Reclaiming the Dignity of Young Women PDF Print E-mail

Joint Press Release of IYCW and MIJARC

 

altSince the creation of the human being, women are equal to men in all aspects of life in administrating this planet. As time went passing by, women have been stripped of their dignity and experienced terrible violence and slavery at home, at their work place and in society.

 

The current society, with its way of life and culture, has produced more inequality, forcing women to live in a more vulnerable situation globally. The United Nations as a collective political power has failed and seems to continue failing to bring change and transformation towards equality, as the effort that has been made is not really addressing the main problem but is just a mere political veneer.

 

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YCW Germany: Celebrating the Feast of Saint Precarious on February 29 PDF Print E-mail

altWho is Saint Precarious?

 

Saint Precarious is a fictional saint although an iconic image was created to recall Catholic saints believed to protect the faithful. The “saint” made his first appearance in October 2004 in Italy during protests against multinational chains and corporations. It is dedicated to spread awareness on casual independent employment contracts, the so-called “Precarious Work”.

 

February 29 as the feast day

 

Unlike many other dates, “February 29” only comes every 4 years in our Gregorian calendar. Because of its precarity, it was chosen as the feast day of Saint Precarious.

 

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Father Reginaldo Andrietta, Former Chaplain of the International YCW, Was Appointed Bishop by Pope Francis PDF Print E-mail

A Recognition of his Commitment with the Working Youth


altPope Francis named José Reginaldo Andrietta bishop of Jales, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His appointment as bishop was announced on Wednesday 21st October and he was ordained bishop on Sunday 27th December in the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua in the city of Americana, Brazil.

 

Reginaldo Andrietta was born in Pirassununga (Sao Paulo) in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1983. He has known the YCW since his time at the seminary and has dedicated his life to young workers ever since. He was chaplain of the Brazil YCW in the 1980s, of the Americas YCW from 1991 to 1995, and of the International YCW from 2000 to 2006.

 

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7 October 2015 - World Day for Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

YCWAct4Dignity! - From Decent Work to Work with Dignity

 

Dear Friends,

 

The IYCW, for more than a century, has been fighting to create a new society with, by and for young workers in different sectors in the world of work.

 

What we dream of is not a decent society but far more than that – a society that lives in dignity and full respect for humankind and Nature everywhere. Therefore, logically, the kind of work that we want is a transformation of the concept, from “decent” work to “dignified” work. Transformation requires reorganizing work. On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day for Decent Work, the IYCW encourages all national and continental movements to take serious, progressive and necessary steps to guarantee that transformation happens within activists, within the movement and finally in all corners of society.

 

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Joint Statement On The Occasion Of Rome’s Conference on People and Planet First - The Imperative To Change Course PDF Print E-mail

The movements’ response on the “Laudato Si” of Pope Francis

 

We, the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), the International Movement for Catholic and Agricultural Rural Youth (MIJARC), the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (CIJOC), the International Federation of Adult Rural Catholic Movements (FIMARC), and the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-PAX ROMANA) laud Pope Francis’s initiative and commitment to voice out the reality and sufferings of millions of people around the world linked to the imbalance and unfair distribution of wealth and misuse/overuse of the earth’s resources. It reflects that the current economic crisis is intertwined with the environmental crisis.

 

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