Caritas Internationalis Consultation Meeting on Decent Work:
''The Future of Work, Labour after Laudato Si'', Geneva-Switzerland
From 17th to 21st of March 2019, in the meeting Room of St John XXIII Parish- Geneva /Switzerland was organized a consultation meeting by Caritas Internationalis in response to the call of Pope Francis through the corpus of the Encyclical “Laudato” which invites everyone to be engaged in Decent Work promotion. Caritas Rwanda was represented by Mrs. MUKAMUSIGALI Bellancille, Human Resource Officer who addressed participants on Caritas Rwanda experience and the role of Civil Society.
The publication of “Laudato SI” has been an important driver to create a momentum for further reflection and contribution toward social justice challenges, especially Labour issues.
Caritas Internationalis, through its Strategic Orientation n°3, puts much attention to sustainable integral human development and call upon all its member organization to do so. In this regards, CI launched an internal mapping exercise to identify which of the 165 national members of the Confederation are actively committed in the promotion of Decent Work conditions, both through projects and advocacy. Caritas Rwanda, among other Caritas responded to the questionnaire of the mapping exercise and was invited to attend the meeting to share experience with other member organizations.
Participants had the privilege to learn from experienced/experts’ speakers as follow:
Father Pierre Martinot Lagarde, Special Advisor for Social and Religious Affairs, International Labour Organization (ILO) addressed participants to Decent Work and Decent Work Agenda;
Mr. Ignacio Alonso Alasino, Project Manager of International Catholic Migration Commission and Mr. Alessandro Grassi, from Jesuit University of Puebla, Mexico, addressed participants on Highlights of the Project” The Future of Work, Labour after Laudati Si;
Ms. Subajini Jayasekaran, Child Rights and Business Manager, Private Sector Engagement, Private Fundraising and Partnerships at UNICEF, and Ms. Olga ZHYVYTSYA, the Human Trafficking Advocacy Officer at Caritas Internationalis in Rome, delegates from Caritas India, Caritas Brazil addressed participants on Fight against Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Child Labour;
The delegation of invited national Caritas had also the opportunities to share their experiences by giving example of good practices on different topics focusing on Successful Cases, Successful Tools, SWOT Analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threats) and Lessons Learned as follow:
- Strengthening Social Protection and Social Dialogue through Pastoral Work: Caritas Benin, Caritas Sri Lanka and Caritas Peru.
- Safe Labor Mobility and Migration. The role of Global Compact for Migration and Global Compact for Refugees: Caritas Nepal, Caritas Turkey, Caritas Thailand and Caritas Lebanon.
- How to implement ILO Conventions at national level, the role of Civil Society: Caritas Eswatini, Caritas Rwanda.
- Campaigning, Enhancing Social Awareness: Caritas Antilles, Caritas Samoa, Caritas Malawi and Caritas Spain via Videoconference.
- Green Jobs creation. Vocational Training, Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment: Caritas Ghana, Caritas Uganda, Caritas Ukraine.
On March 19th, from 14:30 to 15:30, participants gathered at United Nations Palace were exposed to an “Example of an Advocacy Activity at Global Level by United Nations for Human Rights Commission as well as the ‘’Dam Collapses in Brazil and the Subsequent Human Rights Violations” by Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Brazil and Ford Foundation in conjunction with the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The invited CI member Organizations committed themselves to be engaged on the decent work agenda after “Laudato Si” in implementing it and sharing the acquired knowledge and good practices with other partners from their countries. In this regards, Caritas Rwanda pledges to continue improving its employees’ working conditions and invites all 10 Diocesan Caritas in Rwanda to be aware and implement the Holy Father interpellation on Decent Work as per the ‘’Laudao Si’’ Encyclical, with use of new and effective advocacy approaches to address social justice in the job market and building the capacity on decent work.
The meeting was officially closed by Ms. AMPARO Alonso, Head of Delegation of Caritas Internationalis in Geneva, on 20th March 2019 at 07:00 PM.
Done at Kigali, April 4th 2019
Bellancille MUKAMUSIGALI, Human Resource Officer