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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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


World Day for Decent Work: In the World of Work, More Work Needs to Be Done! PDF Print E-mail

The Global Employment Situation Remains Dramatic


On 7th October 2013, the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) will join millions of young workers across the worldalt to celebrate the World Day for Decent Work. According to a new ILO study, ‘World of Work Report 2013’, almost 5 years after the global financial crisis, the global employment situation remains dramatic.


There is concern about the potentially negative impacts of globalization, particularly on employment, working conditions, equality, international labour standards and social protection.


These shocking statements motivate us to achieve the ILO's primary goal: Decent Work for all workers.


Asia-Pacific Students and Workers Asking for Justice and Peace Now! PDF Print E-mail

“Let justice roll down like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”

Amos 5:24


altThus begins the statement of the Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Network (EASY Net) which held its 5th Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Gathering (ASYG) from August 30 to September 5, 2013 in the Philippines.


Delegates, coming from the many different contexts and cultures that make up the richness of the Asia-Pacific region, prayed together and shared their peoples’ struggles, hopes, and dreams. The time they spent together enabled them to better discern their “Christian calling to stand in solidarity with those who are struggling for life and dignity.”


Celebrating the 56th Anniversary of the IYCW in Solidarity PDF Print E-mail

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On August 25, 2013, the International Young Christian Workers will celebrate 56 years of continuous struggle by the working class youth of the world, united within the movement. The IYCW is part of those movements which continue to aspire to, and build a new society. It unites young workers and spearheads campaigns to promote respect of all fundamental human rights.


2013 is yet another opportunity to promote change and live out new values leading to a new society, a classless and just society, where exploitation, poverty, starvation, discrimination will no longer be in all spheres of life.


The International Young Christian Workers will be moving forward and confronting the challenges of many young workers who work under unstable and insecure conditions. Young workers who are found in temporary and part-time jobs and receive very low wages. Young women workers who are facing sexual harassment and gender discrimination and earning less than their male colleagues.


ILC 2013: Joint Statement to the Committee on Employment and Social Protection PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW and WSM take the floor at the 102nd Session of the ILC


Thank you Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


It is indeed an honor for us to be in this strategic forum and to be able to make this intervention on behalf of the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) and World Solidarity (WSM).


First of all, we would like to congratulate the secretariat on their report on employment and social protection in the new demographic context. It provides an excellent analysis of the challenges posed by “population ageing” in relation with employment and social protection policies. The report clearly shows that demographic change should be addressed from an integrated and longer-term perspective. It contributes to the debate on possible policies that should take into account the complementarities between employment and social protection for all age groups spanned over the life cycle.


Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Statement on Decent Work by Catholic Church-Inspired Organizations PDF Print E-mail

A need to “ensure a meaningful future for the young generations”


altAs a contribution to the ILO discussion of the post-2015 development agenda, a working group composed of Catholic Church-inspired organizations, including the IYCW, published a statement reaffirming that “the road out of poverty and the ongoing global economic crisis is closely linked to the promotion of decent work and support for adequate social protection.”


The working group believes that poverty eradication “requires concerted commitments from governments, employers and workers’ organizations, the private sector and civil society; commitments that are grounded in human dignity, human rights and solidarity.



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