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A Meeting of International Catholic Organizations in Brussels

 

altThe group of 10 International Catholic Organizations, mostly movements inspired by Cardinal Cardijn, met last February 14, 2015 at the IYCW International Secretariat in Brussels to strengthen their network.

 

The meeting was attended by the International Catholic Movement for the Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (Pax Romana-MIIC), the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), the International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements (FIMARC), the International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth (MIJARC), the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (CIJOC), the International Movement of the Apostolate for Children (MIDADE), and the International Movement of Apostolate in the Independent Social Milieus (MIAMSI).

 

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UN: Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals PDF Print E-mail

IYCW focus on goals 4, 5 and 8

 

altSession after session, the 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the UN General Assembly has defined Sustainable Development Goals that are accompanied by targets and will be further elaborated through indicators focused on measurable outcomes. They are action-oriented, global in nature and universally applicable. They take into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respect national policies and priorities.

 

They build on the foundation laid by the MDGs, seek to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs, and respond to new challenges. These goals constitute an integrated, indivisible set of global priorities for sustainable development.

 

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16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence PDF Print E-mail

25 November - 10 December

 

The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) is commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today, 25th November 2014, and encourages all YCW national movements worldwide to initiate and take part in actions to end violence against women.

 

The action commences each year on 25th November and concludes on 10th December - International Human Rights Day.

 

During these 16 days of action against gender violence, the IYCW encourages all national movements around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

 

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“No Worker Without Rights; No Peasant Without Land; and No Family Without a Home” PDF Print E-mail

Pope Francis Joins The Call of the Silenced, Marginalized and Secluded

 

altThe World Meeting of Popular Movements in which the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) actively participated was held in Vatican City from October 27-29, 2014 with more than 100 popular movements and organizations. Andy Predicala represented the IYCW in the event.

 

During the plenary session, the IYCW emphasized the precarious situation of workers, especially young people. There is widespread underemployment and lack of job opportunities. The high rate of youth unemployment and the strong tendency to find work in the informal economy without any protection of labor rights or access to social protection are becoming threats. Even those with a job often suffer from work insecurity, resulting from underemployment or casual and vulnerable employment. Forecasts raise concerns that if this crisis continues, more than 215 million may be unemployed and jobseekers by 2018.

 

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Interviews: Young Workers from Around the World Speak about Capitalism, the World of Work, and the Action of the Movement PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW seminar held in Belgium last September was an opportunity to interview young workers from each continent. Antoine from Belgium, Doriabelle from Gabon, Meiver from Venezuela, and Nanang from Indonesia shared their views about the world of work and the action of the movement.

 

altNanang, Indonesia YCW

 

What are the main challenges for the movement in your continent regarding capitalism?

 

In our continent, it is a big challenge to organize the workers in the factories; they work long hours and that is why they have no time to join our meetings. There is also a lack of awareness: workers do not know what their rights are. Other challenges include individualism and consumerism: in factories employers (capitalists) create competition among workers.

 

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IYCW International Seminar: We Are Those Millions of Young People Who Work in Precarious Conditions PDF Print E-mail

Preparing Ourselves to Renew Society

 

altDear fellow young workers of the world, greetings from the seminar of the International YCW in Assesse, Belgium. We are in solidarity with your daily struggle for dignity in our hearts and minds. You have delegated leaders from your national movements from countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Flanders, Gabon, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Peru, Quebec, Venezuela and Wallonia. Honoured with your faith we would like to share with you a little of our work. Work carried out to prepare ourselves to renew society.

 

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57th Anniversary of the IYCW: “Go forward!” PDF Print E-mail

“The Working Youth of the World Await You”

 

57 years ago today, at the closing of the World Council, Joseph Cardijn made the following speech about young workers; it remains alive now and will never be outdated.

 

“We have seen the YCW transfigured - its apotheosis. This is not the true YCW. We could say like the apostles on Tabor: “Let us build three tabernacles.” No, we must leave here, go down from Tabor, go out from the Cenacle to the masses that suffer, who have not the means of human livelihood, who cannot read or write, who know not their human dignity nor their Christian destiny. That is the only true YCW. It begins today.”

 

“We believe in the possibility of saving the last of the young workers and working girls, whatever their color or race, civilization or continent. They are the sons of God and we must save them,” Cardijn said.

 

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ASPAC YCW: A Meeting and Visit to Update the Analysis of the Situation in Asia Pacific PDF Print E-mail

“Never Stop Believing that You Are Actors of Change”

 

altHong Kong – The ASPAC team gathered together seven leaders in St. Stephen's Church, Kwai Fong, for a Regional Team Meeting from 14th to 18th July 2014, followed by a one-week visit which included ROLWA, a China YCW meeting, a YCW Hong Kong meeting, as well as a meeting with Cardinal John Tong, Bishop of the Hong Kong Diocese.

 

One aim of the Regional Team Meeting was to strengthen friendship and comradeship among the new and old team members – in addition to updating the analysis of the national movements’ reality in Asia Pacific and confronting it with the global analysis/situation, as well as measuring the work the movements carried out over the past 4 years.

 

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Fair Migration: IYCW Speech at the International Labour Conference 2014 PDF Print E-mail

“No integral development can be made without respecting workers’ rights”

 

Mr President,

Delegates of the Governments, Employers and Workers,

Colleagues of the international organisations,

 

We cannot build a world with decent work while ignoring young workers’ participation. No integral development can be made without respecting workers’ rights. Therefore, each of us in this conference should strategically bring young workers on board developing a road map towards decent work for all.

 

We need fair migration and not forced migration! The Director-General of the ILO has through his report on fair migration opened the door to debate and reflection for collective wisdom moving towards the fair migration that we dream of.  It is an essential task of the ILO members and the international organisations to bring forward the commitment to make migration fair and dignified for all.

 

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103rd International Labour Conference: IYCW and WSM Joint Statements Demanding Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW Calls For the Elimination of Forced Labour and the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

 

altThe IYCW is participating in the 103rd International Labour Conference, a tripartite meeting bringing together governments, trade unions and employers, currently held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 28 to June 12. The IYCW and WSM always participate in the ILC actively and efficiently, with relevant statements and helpful suggestions to the committees.

 

The IYCW is promoting representative action within the ILO with the presence of its activists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. It should be noted that in the framework of the issues dealt with by the ILO, the IYCW objective for this 103rd ILC is to: give visibility to the concrete actions we are developing as IYCW and contribute to the building of international policies in favour of the working class throughout the world. Our participation is focused on two committees: Forced Labour and Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy.

 

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International Week of Young Workers 2014: “Young Workers in Mandela’s Footsteps” PDF Print E-mail

An Inspiring Legacy in Our Fight for Just Work and a Sustainable Social Protection System

 

altFrom 24th to 30th April and on 1st May each year, the IYCW engages into activities and actions aimed at celebrating the International Week of Young Workers and May Day. These activities and actions confront the social, political, economical, cultural ills that continue to plague the living and working conditions of millions of young women and men today.

 

This year, the IYCW marks this extraordinary week in the calendar of the movement by learning the “Pillars of Nelson Mandela’s legacy; Lessons and Inspirations”. Mandela, a selfless freedom fighter of the working class, who stood for justice, human dignity and non-racialism. The IYCW believes that his example will live on and will continue to inspire all young workers, and the world.

 

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