International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: For a Future Where all Women Live Free from Fear and Violence
This November 25, the International YCW is joining in the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
This day, dedicated to raising awareness and eradicating gender-based violence, encourages us to reflect on the persistent reality faced by women, teenage girls and young girls around the world.
We recognize that violence against women knows no borders, affecting all ages, ethnic groups, social classes and economic status. It is an assault on fundamental human rights and a major obstacle to the achievement of equality between men and women.
The IYCW was invited to the 42nd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO held at the organization's headquarters in Paris, France, from November 7 to 22, 2023. As an official partner of UNESCO, the IYCW was invited to share its views on the issues currently on UNESCO's agenda.
Basma Louis, the president of the IYCW, stressed the importance of raising awareness among young people by providing training spaces to compensate for the failure of public institutions, and so that young people do not consider traditional and social media as an alternative for developing their analysis of the current situation in the world.
A community without leaders, a lack of interest from local residents in taking care of their neighborhood, many abandoned spaces - the central park, the municipal hall, the sports fields - occupied by outsiders who were using them for drugs and alcohol.
This was the situation five years ago in the working-class, self-managed district of Villa El Salvador, south of Lima. This reality was the starting point for action by young YCW members, who involved residents in reclaiming the area, transforming the neighborhood where they lived and changing the lives of young workers and community members.
Last September, the European movements of the IYCW celebrated their European Seminar in Linz, Austria in collaboration with KJ Upper Austria (KJ means Catholic Youth and is the organization YCW Austria dissolved into some years ago). It was the first time in many years that the IYCW was meeting in Austria.
The seminar focused on the topics the different national movements brought up. Every delegation prepared one part of the program, sharing not only their actions but also the topics the actions are addressing, and including the participants from the different countries in their process.
Fourth Issue of IYCW Bulletin: "Work, Justice and Equality for a Dignified Life: Let's be the Change Young People Need for the Future"
Work, Justice and Equality for a Dignified Life: Let'sÂ be the Change Young People Need for the Future
In this issue of the bulletin, we believe it is important to focusÂ on the first priority defined by the IYCW International Plan ofÂ Action 2023-2026, i.e. unemployment and precarious work.Â While work has always been at the heart of the IYCW's action,Â unemployment is the other side of the coin, preventingÂ young workers from meeting their most basic needs andÂ fulfilling their deepest aspirations.
The articles that appear on the following pages deal withÂ unemployment and precarious work, call for improvementsÂ from a political point of view, and highlight a line of actionÂ that the international YCW is gradually developing in variousÂ countries around the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE).Â In addition to its vision and analysis of the major problemsÂ facing young workers, the bulletin continues to shareÂ experiences of action and to outline the collaboration beingÂ forged with adults who have a YCW activist background inÂ order to consolidate processes.
Enjoy reading our bulletin!