socio-economic recovery

{Virtual Town Hall Meeting} COVID-19 and Older People: Humanitarian Responses in the Middle East

 

 

The NGO Committee on Ageing draws your attention to a Virtual Town Hall meeting organized by the International Federation on Ageing on Thursday, 27 August 2020, at 7:00 to 8:00 am (New York time) on Covid-19 and Older People: Humanitarian Responses in the Middle East. REGISTRATION is required. Please see below.


 

Greetings,

The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 on the lives and functioning of older adults has been well articulated around the world. Compounding the higher risk of COVID-19 on older people and those with underlying health conditions is the recent humanitarian tragedy in Beirut, Lebanon. In this town hall, Ms. Sameena Gul, Regional Head of Programmes, Eurasia and Middle East at HelpAge International discusses the tragic explosion and humanitarian response, the interplay with COVID-19 and the impact on older people in the region.

Date and Time: Thursday 27 August 2020 at 7:00-8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)
Opening Remarks: Ms. Sameena Gul, Regional Head of Programmes, Eurasia and Middle East HelpAge International

For any questions or concerns please contact astancu@ifa.ngo.

Kind regards,

Andra Stancu
Project Officer
International Federation on Ageing

Register and download Flyer here… (PDF 139 KB)

[Virtual] Lessons from the Decolonization Era in Confronting the COVID-19 Crisis

Join members of Post-Colonialisms Today in a live event on 29 July discussing African policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis. As the impacts of the crisis are compounded by neoliberalism and colonialism, panelists will reflect on the immediate post-independence period—including initiatives of Nasser, Nkrumah, Nyerere, etc.—to draw lessons for today guided by a vision for structural transformation of the continent.

Please REGISTER here to watch / Veuillez vous INSCRIRE ici pour regarder: bit.ly/DecolCovid

We will also be holding a discussion group on 30 July and invite you to join with your questions and comments.

Please register for the discussion group here: bit.ly/DiscussDecol

We welcome any questions or comments at postcolonialismstoday@regionsrefocus.org.

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CoNGO Notes: On UN Charter Day, 26 June 2020, the President of CoNGO, Liberato Bautista, issued a presidential statement in which, among other things, he said, “The unfinished agenda of decolonization and corollary issues related to self-determination cry out for attention [at the United Nations].” CoNGO also issued on 12 May 2020, the statement “COVID-19 Recovery: Building Back Better” in which it said: “During a crisis, global cooperation and solidarity are urgently needed, but nationalism, racism, intolerance, xenophobia, and border closures have too often prevailed. Measures to fight the pandemic have led to restrictions of long-established civic rights and democratic structures. An effective global response will require building consensus and strengthening concerted action to mitigate the multiple challenges we all face.” For more information about CoNGO, visit www.ngocongo.org.

 

[Webinar] Care & Labor Rights: Challenges from the Capitalist Pandemic

Save the Date, virtual meeting details TBA. Interested attendees are encouraged to check organizer websites or contact co-conveners in the meantime.

Care & Labor Rights: Challenges from the Capitalist Pandemic

This webinar by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development is part of a series of action-oriented dialogues on the macro agendas and the current crises: Macro Solutions for Women, the People and the Planet.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 @ 9 am NY/ 10 am Montevideo/ 2 pm London/ 15 hrs Brussels/ 16 hrs Nairobi/ 20 hrs Bangkok

Speakers:

Corina Rodriguez, Executive Committee Member, DAWN

Shahra Razavi, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organisation

Laura Alfers, Director, Social Protection Programme, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Concept Note

The COVID-19 Pandemic has starkly exposed the multiple inequalities that are intertwined in the world of work. First, it has forcefully revealed something that feminists have been repeating for a long time: the role of care is central  to sustain life in our societies. In a context of a health crisis,  where “staying at home” is one of the main strategies to face the emergency, care arrangements  have become more complex while  sexual division of labor continues to weight on women. Furthermore, there is an added pressure in the form of forced teleworking, which leads to situations where the boundaries between paid work and unpaid care work become blurred, working conditions become precarious and rights are easily violated.

Secondly, those in the informal economy bear heavier burdens in this crisis. Not working and staying at home has meant losing jobs and  livelihoods for the majority of informal workers and their families. Physical distancing is difficult to apply to those working in public spaces, such as street or market vendors, paid domestic workers or others in manufacturing or retail trade. The majority of workers in the informal economy are having less access to income resulting in increasing poverty and plunging workers and households into more precarious living conditions. The dimensions of this crisis are severe: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported that informal workers in Asia and Latin America endured an income decline of 81 percent during the first month of lock-downs. The situation of migrant workers has been particularly affected, given the higher exposure to occupational health and safety risks, no appropriate protection, exclusion from social protection measures directed towards nationals, as well as the restriction of movement and the accelerated destruction of jobs.

The context has also exposed the weakness of social protection systems to deal with the situation, and in most cases the applied immediate public policy responses have been insufficient.

Third, in the current context, it is important to analyse those groups of workers that are exposed in a differentiated form. On the one side are those in “front-line” jobs: health workers, workers at essential retail shops, paid domestic workers. The “front-line” is a predominantly feminized “front-line” workforce. In tandem, workers in platform jobs, many of which have seen an increase in the demand for their services but also higher levels of exploitation of their working conditions.

While some countries and some working sectors are coping more successfully with the emergency situation, most, especially those countries in the Global South, face a more serious form of exploitation already imposed by the pre-existing global financial capitalist model.

Can the harshness of the exposure of deepening inequalities serve as a spark to ignite and accelerate processes of transformation towards a “new normal” that is indeed new and different from the old normality? What feminist strategies can we draw on to activate an agenda of transformation in the world of work that serves women, people and the planet? What new challenges do we face and how should we adapt our analysis, our advocacy, our activism? What space can we create so that the post-COVID-19 pandemic does not continue to be a capitalist pandemic?

This webinar aims at reflecting on these questions and will be organized with four 10-12 minutes presentations, followed by a session of Q&A.

Objectives

  • To draw key elements of the agenda of transformation in the world of work from a feminist perspective;
  • To Identify common strategies across movements working on informal economy, care and work with different groups and constituencies (migrants, domestic workers, grassroots women, rural women, women in health sector);
  • To map advocacy spaces and mechanisms within the UN that may be used to activate our agenda of transformation of the world of work;
  • Facilitate cross-movement building and solidarity among civil society groups and activists mobilizing for care, workers rights, gender equality.
DAWN is a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN promotes critical analysis on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women, especially poor and marginalized women, in regions of the South. DAWN seeks to support women’s mobilization within civil society to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.

The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) is an alliance of women’s organizations and networks who advocate for the advancement of women’s human rights and gender equality in the Financing for Development related UN processes.

Co-Conveners:

Rosa Lizarde, Global Director, Feminist Task Force; rosa.lizarde@feministtaskforce.org  

Emilia Reyes, Program Director, Policies & Budgets for Equality & Sustainable Development, Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work & Family; emilia@equidad.org.mx

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org.

[Webinar] Reconnecting in Faith with Creation, Land and Water

Webinar #1 on the series “Churches on the Road to an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice”

Organized by the World Council of Churches

28 July, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST

Registration: https://forms.gle/pKduMbJhXSBfNtjP7

Live stream: www.oikoumene.org/live

Moderated by: Manoj Kurian: coordinator, WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance Dinesh Suna: coordinator, WCC-Ecumenical Water Network

For additional information, please read the “Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice” on the WCC website: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/webinar-series-churches-on-the-road-to-an-economy-of-life-and-ecological-justice.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, please visit csvgc-ny.org.

[Webinar] So, you’re curious about the G20?

Sign up here: Invite 2 PDF

Dear friends,

I am pleased to invite you to join me and a few other familiar faces at a Civil 20 Engagement group event: So, you’re curious about the G20? This event will be taking place Friday 24 July at 9:30 EDT via zoom (a link will be sent out to those who RSVP here).

The G20 is increasingly turned to for leadership on global economic concerns, yet the participation of civil society remains opaque to many. There are a number of engagement groups which allow for the participation of various constituencies, one of them being the C20 (Civil Society).

This particular event will be an opportunity to learn about engaging with the C20 and will include some of its history, its major accomplishments, and its objectives this year and into the future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warmly,
Dan
Representative to the United Nations
Baha’i International Community
866 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Cell: (860) 670-4093
Office: (212) 803-2500

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Nelson Mandela International Day

https://www.un.org/pga/74/event/nelson-mandela-international-day/

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[Virtual Dialogue] Awareness-based Collective Action

Awareness Based Collective Action: Dialogue Series with Otto Scharmer

9:00am – 10:30am EST

Join the seminar on July 16 via Zoom here with password: SDGi

Join the start of a dialogue series which launches a learning journey with the intention to build our literacy in transformation – so that we can collectively take steps towards a more sustainable future. Otto Scharmer and esteemed guests will explore methods and tools of deep systems change. Sessions will include intellectual input and framing from thought leaders, mindfulness moments, action learning, deep listening in small circles along with shared group reflection within a global community. discussion on local action, which is key to turning economic and social behavior around to create opportunities for socio-economic recovery under a new light for the 2030 Agenda. Registration and more info here.

Presenter

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT and Co-founder, Presencing Institute

Discussants

Dr. David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University; Under-Secretary-General

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Administrator, UNDP

Laurel Patterson, Head, SDG Integration Team, UNDP

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Literacy and Learning, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY, please visit csvgc-ny.org/csvgc.

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