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For International Workers Day 2021, we asked our partners from the labour movement and civil society in Asia what the Future of Work post-corona should look like.
Rising sea level and the resultant flooding of coastal areas is one of the threats arising out of climate change. Many Indian cities, including Mumbai – the financial capital, are at the risk of being submerged by 2050. However, that is still in the future. Current model of urbanisation and associated exploitative practices leading to rampant environmental destruction pose annual challenges such as floods during monsoons. Disregard for urban water ecologies has led to irreversible damages, suffocating the riverine system. In the process, the cities are suffocating too. The video documents the root-cause of the current crisis and glimpses of small-scale yet transformational change taking place in the urban areas.
The shrinking of space for housing and open green spaces in Jakarta has driven the city to a long list of ecological disasters and brought negative impacts on the people, particularly the most vulnerable. What does it take to create a decent and healthy housing in harmony with modernity and environment in the most populous city in Indonesia?
With the poor transportation system and the high use of private vehicles, Jakarta stays on the list of the most congested cities around the globe with poor air quality as the result of the storms of pollutants, including from transport emission. These days Jakarta has slowly seen an improvement to its transportation system. The change in people’s mindset, the development of relevant infrastructure, and wider community initiatives in responding to the challenge of transportation and mobility in Jakarta are the keys to accomplish a public transportation system that is resilient, sustainable, and adaptable during the crisis.
This video explores the case of Cebu City's urban socialized and sustainable housing program as championed by a local legislator and a people's organization in an bid to make Cebu a sustainable city.
In the video, experts on issues of sustainability and social justice in urban settings discuss the current state of Vietnamese cities and their important role in achieving sustainable development goals. In order to initiate a social-ecological transformation towards sustainable urban development, increased public awareness and participation as well as comprehensive urban planning is necessary.
Originated as a public health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has also developed into a global economic crisis, with severe and potentially lasting impacts on economic activity, trade, employment, and the world of work. To find out more watch the presentation by Prof. Jayati Ghosh at our latest regional conference.
This video is part of the FES regional project “Women and the Future of Work in Asia”. A working group of researchers from nine countries from across the region created this video and share recommendations to improve the value of care work and for better working conditions of care workers.
FES Philippines together with experts from different think tanks in the country and in Asia discusses China's Belt and Road Initiative and its implications to security, economy, and democracy in the country and in the region.
In Asia women’s perspectives are mostly excluded from policies, decision-making and debates about the future of work. A diverse network of thinkers from nine Asian countries addresses how gender equality and a future of work for all could be achieved. The group focuses on care work and the challenges of digitalization and automation.
Activists in Asia send a call to join a feminist network for a #FeministAsia. Feminists from different countries in Asia remind us of the important ingredients to persist, resist and win in the struggle for gender equality. Share their call to #joinafeministnetwork for #FeministAsia! Find out about the regional work by FES in Asia on supporting a network of feminists to shape progressive debates and agendas on economic equality and the division of labour for social justice in Asia. Read more here.
"We need immediate and radical climate actions!" This is the call sent by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Vietnam and the Vietnam Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) chaired by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) at a workshop they hosted together on revising and implementing Vietnam's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Watch the video and hear what Vietnam needs to do to step up its climate action targets.
What does just energy transition mean and why do we need to get behind this concept when we talk about climate change? Hear out and share the highlights by Nguy Thi Khanh (Green Innovation and Development Centre), Samantha Smith, (Just Transition Centre at the International Trade Union Confederation) and Yvonne Blos (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung). Find out more about just transition in Asia.
Construction workers in the Asian-Pacific region suffer from poor labour standards and have been struggling to organise themselves in order to fight for better working conditions. Building and Wood Workers International is particularly active in taking a stand for the construction workers in Qatar and have made significant progress.
Organising informal workers is a big challenge for societies world-wide. Especially the transport sector is characterized by fierce competition and often horrific working conditions. In Uganda transport workers have been able to organize and establish a Union, a success to draw inspiration from.
As in many other places, women are often underrepresented in Trade Unions. Trade Unions are therefore trying to organise women workers and take new measures to improve gender equality within their organisations. Improving women representation can have a big impact on the success of trade unions and for achieving the necessary changes in various areas.
Building trade union power is one of the challenges workers in Asia are faced with. To address this challenge trade unions are looking at new and innovative ways to apply their power resources. By doing so they pave the ground for new successes.
Rekha is one among million street vendors that make the membership base of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI). Join her as she tells the story of a successful action of street vendors organizing in India.
Sharmee from Bangladesh talks about gender and media and her plan to develop an app to rate gender-sensitivity of media, as part of the PolFem Asia project. Social injustice and inequality need a feminist response. In this video series on Political Feminism FES features feminists who share their experiences and visions for Asia. This video from Bangladesh is the first of three videos.
Bharati talks about gender and governance and the challenges women faced in the last decades. Social injustice and inequality need a feminist response. In this video series on Political Feminism FES features feminists who share their experiences and visions for Asia. The second part of this series is from Nepal.
Mylene talks about women’s participation and representation in politics and trade unions and how she brings the labour and feminist movement together with her working group in the PolFem Asia project. Social injustice and inequality need a feminist response. In this video series on Political Feminism FES features feminists who share their experiences and visions for Asia. The third video gives insights from the Philippines.
Where do Asian countries stand with regard to their energy system and governance, and what are crucial milestones to achieve a transition towards a cleaner energy system in a socially just manner? These questions drove the discussion of "The Pathway to a Socially Just Energy Transition in Asia," a regional conference organized by the FES Vietnam office that took place on 20th September in Hanoi.
Debate at the European Parliament with panellists, including Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, exploring how to strengthen the social dimension of trade. Watch the video recording of "Making trade work for workers," a panel discussion held in Brussels on 28 June 2017, organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in cooperation with Bernd Lange, chair of the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament.
Transformation crises are confusing. Everything seems to be connected to everything, debates go round in circles, but nothing changes for the better. Why do so many resist change? What can we do to make things work for everyone? Can yesterday’s opponents become tomorrow’s allies? Where is the entry point for action? Transformative Change Making (TCM) introduces a new method to build the alliances needed to tackle such transformation crises.
As we commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy that cost over 1,100 lives, we are reminded once again of the significance of a functioning social dialogue and harmonious industrial relations, and what can happen in their absence.
Despite the economic boom in Asia, the life of millions of workers in the region is getting harder by the day. How can that be? And what can be done to change it? Find out by watching this video on “Core Labour Standards Plus” (CLS+), a regional project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia that aims to better the working conditions for workers in manufacturing industries integrated in global supply chains.
While India´s economy continues to grow, the subcontinent is facing a constant decline of women labour participation. In cooperation with the University of Calcutta, FES India Office organised a public lecture on “Women’s work in India in the early 21st century: the miner’s canary?” which was led by Gita Sen, Professor of Global Health and Population at Harvard University. Professor Sen argues that the decline of India's women labour participation rates hints to structural problems. Visit website
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