Working humans are so much more than “resources.” This is one of the central lessons of the current crisis. Caring for the sick; delivering food, medication, and other essentials; clearing away our waste; stocking the shelves and running the registers in our grocery stores – the people who have kept life going through the COVID-19 pandemic are living proof that work cannot be reduced to a mere commodity.
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Thomas Piketty on how the coronacrisis is exposing social inequalities
Read the interview in Democracy Now
The latest ILO data on the labour market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the devastating effect on workers in the informal economy and on hundreds of millions of enterprises worldwide.
Read the press Release of the ILO
The World Bank and the IMF have reacted to the COVID crisis, with loans and conditionality … Several academics have reacted in The Lancet
Important statement of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:
The COVID-19 pandemic vividly illustrates the importance of the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights. This pandemic is essentially a global health threat. However, it has multiple implications for the enjoyment of civil and political rights because some of the measures taken by States to combat it impose severe restrictions on the freedom of movement and other rights.
Declaration of the Social Justice Cluster of the Asia Europe People’s Forum on April 7, World Health Day
The Social Justice Cluster calls for the establishment of public and universal health systems, a revaluation of so-called “reproductive” work and taking into account the social health determinants and the real needs of the people
The coronavirus crisis functions as a wake-up call and a warning all over the world, North and South, governments are helpless, health systems are failing, everyone, especially the sick are the victims. Lees verder
THE SDGs DO NOT REALLY HEED HUMAN RIGHTS; THEY DEHUMANIZE PROCESSES AND GO FOR RESULTS.
-It is here fitting to paraphrase the adage of seeing the trees and not the forest. As the world tries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most practitioners do not see the persons as rights holders. (Nury Gajardo)
The implementation of Agenda 2030 (SDGs) is not just a matter of better policies (CESR)
1. Better late than never, its implementation will require more holistic and more sweeping shifts putting at the center the issue of how and where power is vested, including through institutional, legal and political (non-) commitments to fulfilling human rights (HR). The hard wiring of HR in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for a potentially much more powerful corrective move to fix the serious governance deficits that have emerged around Agenda 2030 since 2015. Current global and national governance arrangements are simply hindering implementation of the SDGs.
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Claudio Schuftan, PHM
Globally, women represent the majority of working poor, with less than half of women of working age being in paid employment. Occupational segregation and the undervaluing of women’s work mean that women are more likely to be in low-paying, insecure and informal work. Women earn on average 20% less than men, with many retiring into poverty. And, as gender stereotypes in society persist, women continue to perform the lion’s share of unpaid care work and are more disadvantaged in social protection systems. Gender-based violence, discrimination and intersecting systems of oppression, based on class, race, migration status, sexual orientation and gender identity, are at play at every stage of women’s lives and continue to shape their working experiences.
Interesting speech from the Chinese ambassador to the WTO:
“Any reform of the WTO has to fight against protectionism, uphold core values of the multilateral trading system, maintain development as its core, keep up with the changing world, and enable rule-making in a balanced manner.” He also gave his views on issues including the appellate body, special and differential treatment, fishery subsidies, agriculture, transparency, e-commerce, investment facilitation for development and industrial subsidies.
Can we allow people to stay away from doctors and hospitals because they are too expensive?