Message for International Youth Day
The International Women Commission of MIJARC, which had a meeting in Brussels, does not want to forget all the young men and young women who belong to MIJARC in this special day, 23 September 2006, international youth day.
We would like to greet those non conformist and rebel youngsters, who are fighting and undertaking new challenges. We would like to show especial attention to women, those women who fight in their daily life to claim for their rights and for achieving the same conditions that men enjoy.
The topic for the International Youth Day, this year is: “To face poverty together”. Wow! It is a very shocking topic. How could youth people solve such a serious problem that affects the whole world? Well, we need to take it easy: young people can not solve the problem because the decision making processes are handled by the political actors. Nevertheless, young people can influence the social organisation and the decision makers.
Young people have overcome problems in different occasions. Love and Peace demonstrations against the war in Vietnam, student demonstrations to change the members in the Constitutional Courts. There are million of examples, as well as ways to express them: graffiti, manifestos, poetry, paint, videos, leaflets, dance, blogs, etc.
Let’s see, who did say that young people don’t take responsibilities? Every human being has obligations and duties as they enter into society: family, community, school or work. We have the responsibility of learning at school, of contribute and help in our homes, of keeping the “harmony” in our environments, of throwing the rubbish away, of being punctual, etc etc.
Furthermore, young people have a huge responsibility because of their immediate response ability. From this point of view, those who keep close minded, non active and conformist don’t deserve to be called “youngsters”. This is an interesting point because does not only define the concept from the age perspective but also from the behavioural one.
To be young implies to be non conformist, cheeky and even radical, what, up to a point is positive. Usually, for young people, things are either white or black and they don’t admit “greys”. The politically correctness and diplomacy are adult issues. As writer Manuel Gonzáles Prada said: “old people to the grave and young people to work”.
The value of youth in our society is very important, because it represents a big majority and if we unified the development ways in a common fight, we would be able to get important achievements to transform this society and to achieve a world led by solidarity, fraternity, a world full of love and hope.
God bless you today, tomorrow and always, dear female and male companions.
MIJARC ASIAN COORDINETORS IN THE WORLD COORDINATION ON THE 26/09/06
WTO Seminar and Public Campaign in India
A continental seminar on WTO was organised by Mijarc Asia in Hyderabad, India from 7-11th of November 2005. 45 people from India , Sri Lanka and Nepal participated in this event. There were delegates from YCW,YCS, ICUF also. The Seminar emphasised to give a clear cut analysis about WTO policies and how it effects agriculture and rural life of the people. There as an analysis about the south Asian agricultural situation also. The field trip to the Agricultural research institute in Hyderabad and the discussion with Scientists was quite informative. After the seminar the whole delegation was travelled to the Capital city of Kerala for the Public symposium and Campaign.
The public symposium was organised at animation centre in Trivandrum on 13th Nov. The members of Parliamentarians from ruling and opposition parties were present in the panel. George presented the position of MIJARC towards WTO ministerial at Hong Kong .PP James moderate the session. All the panellists well appreciated our initiatives, especially our position paper to mobilise the public and govt on WTO matters since there is not many are engaged in this campaign. George handed over the memorandum to MP’s to discuss it with Indian Govt
On behalf of Mijarc Asia , Mijarc Kerala organised a massive public manifestation on 13th Nov at 2PM in Kattakkada, Trivandrum. 8 to10 thousand young people marched in the rally .There was a public meeting after the manifestation to declare our position towards the WTO ministerial to the public and govt. Youth commission Chairman of the catholic bishop conference Rt.Rev.Dr.Vincent Samuel, Transport minister Mr.D.Shakthan, Dr.Sebastian paul MP,G.Karthikeyan MLA, Kerala bishops conference youth commission member Rt .rev .Dr.Ignathiause etc were present for the meeting. George presided the meeting. We handed over our memorandum to the govt. authorities. Congratulation to Andhra MIJARC to host the seminar and MIJARC Kerala for organising Public symposium, Manifestation and public meeting also congratulations to MIJARC Asian team to coordinate all the programmes