For the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Card. Peter. K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, brought to the Assembly a Message of Pope Francis. 

The Message was read on Wednesday June 18, during the 108th International Labour Conference, dedicated to "Building a future with decent work", which took place from 10 to 21 June 2019.

Today, in the 21st Century, in a pluralistic world, the different societies on planet Earth bring together what is traditional and what is not. Capitalism considers the society as a whole. In view of this, this century’s diseases are loneliness and individualism. New technologies do not take into account the daily life of human beings. And if women continue to be treated like objects, what is civilisation?

In our societies, women play an original role, and a woman should not be considered a man. They should be respected, with their political, social and economic difference. Through the history of the world, women of all ages have assumed their role and today, we tend to forget the progress made, as machismo remains high. However, awareness-raising is growing and women have proved their capacities in political commitments, despite numerous difficulties. Shouldn’t it be natural and possible to respect everyone’s rights, for every human being?

Because they are fully-fledged human beings, shouldn’t women have the same rights?

 

The International Council of the World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW) and the Coordinating Group of the European Christian Workers Movement (ECWM) meet in Avila, before the General Congress to be held in Spain next July.

 

These bodies representing and directing the WMCW and the EXWM meet, from 29th January to 2nd February (WMCW) and 2nd ton 5th February (ECWM), at the University of the Mystic in Avila. With a double objective: the preparation of the next General Congress; and the call of the International Seminar "Building a Solidary Society, Human Dignity and the Right to Work".

 

The first part of the working agenda of the WMCW Council will discuss the tasks and activities carried out during 2016: the assessment of seminars in Central America, Asia, East Africa and Europe; the various instruments that articulate the WMCW's communication policy; the '0.5 cents' campaign; the World Day for Decent Work on 7th October; the participation and agreements of the World Meeting of Popular Movements with the Pope; to end the preparations for the next General Congress from 18th to 21st July 2017.

WORKERS OF THE WORLD

I want to sing a new song of joy
At dawn that day of arrival in our land!
With my people celebrate the dawn
My people set free!
Fighting has not been in vain …

Christian songbook of Brazil

Today we live in a divided world

 Widespread hatreds divide countries, continents, social classes, trade unionism, politics, cause the criminalization of social movements.

These situations lead to revolt and despair. Workers see with limited reaction the loss of their fundamental rights: wages, health, education, land, housing and work, as it has been evidenced in the two meetings of Pope Francis with leaders of social movements including WMCW-World Movement of Christian Workers, held at the Vatican and later in Bolivia, where he visited the countries of South America.