AS WORKERS WE REMAIN FIRM IN OUR MISSION: “FIGHTING, FIGHTING, FIGHTING AND RESISTING”

We thought we had gone out of this health crisis and we could demonstrate in the Labour Day. But here we are, still under the yoke of this pandemic which is gnawing our Common House, fighting to keep us safe.

1st May is an indelible inscription. We are not only fighting against a destructive virus globally, but also against a dividing current that decreases the primacy of work. This social and personal value, which raises the dignity of each individual, must be always held high in the hearts and minds of states as a humanity standard.

Will we be able to  watch out the decline of the value inherited from the ancients?

Will we be able to watch out for the dignity of the poor who are constantly deprived of their dignity, of the marginalised who queue in solidarity shops, “resto du coeur”, or during the distribution of food parcels and solidarity cheques? Will we be able to resist before the economic exploitation with workers?

The violence against women and girls occurs all over the world. While some countries condemn it strongly, a great part of world population still considers it as “normal”. However, this violence, not only undermines women’s integrity, reduces their access to the essential services and resources.

We are grateful for many men and women who continue, courageously, to advocate for the elimination of violence against women and girls. All supporting initiative is commendable and its effects will be felt, through Christ, in all the areas of Church life.

WMCW on the occasion of 8th March (International Day of Women) declares that we are ready to face to any attempt to excuse, cover up or justify the violence. We declare that this violence is an offence against God, humanity and earth.

 

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?