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ACW in the picture (english)


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The ACW listens to people’s concerns and tries to find solutions. Streets don’t have
any social fonction anymore, children have nowhere to play and older people cannot
find an affordable residential home. The ACW works to find fair and sustainable
solutions. Everyone should have a place in society.
Sometimes people cannot deal with these problems by themselves. Sometimes
policymakers have to find a solution. The ACW puts pressure on them as a way of
influencing policy. The result is better solutions: solutions that take everyone into
account; sustainable solutions for a better society.
We are stronger together. That is certainly true of the ACW. Working with other
organisations improves our chances of reaching a successful solution. Grouping
together our demands and presenting them to all democratic parties, discussing
practical solutions with politicians who support the ACW’s social project: this, too, is part of the ACW’s work.

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ACW in the picture (english)

  1. 1. ACWin the picture actionumbrella policy making
  2. 2. what it’s all about The ACW aims to offer something valuable to everyone. For people today and tomorrow. Here and everywhere. The ACW has translated this aim into 12 Fundamental Objectives.1 Enforcement and improvement of human rights A multicultural society 7 According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, soci- Everyone deserves the opportunity to develop their own abilities ety should be structured in such a way that everyone can benefit and contribute towards creating a rich cultural environment. from fundamental political, social, economic and cultural rights. Education, social and cultural activities, sports and cultural facili- Individuals and groups have both legal and practical opportunities ties must therefore be open to everyone. Mutual tolerance ensures to enforce these fundamental rights. continuing respect for other cultures.2 An economy at the service of humanity and society Sustainable development 8 The economy is a means to meet the needs of people and soci- Sustainable development avoids economic and environmental ety through actions of the free market, private initiative and the problems and is built on solidarity between generations, between government. A legal framework and collective agreements can rich and poor and between North and South. International coop- prevent the working of the economy from causing exclusion. eration, redistribution of wealth, concern for the environment and Employees should have their own organisations. structural reform in developing countries are all building blocks for this.3 Decent work for everyone Work is a way of promoting economic security and self-develop- Coping with change 9 ment. Work is a right. Social partners and governments should Social and technological developments can help to improve peo- be involved to ensure the quality of jobs and the fair distribution ple’s quality of life, build solidarity and promote integration. of work, including work in the family and social work. Every job A rapidly changing society requires a capacity for critical adapta- should have a full and valid status. bility. Everyone should have equal opportunities to participate in the information society and other technological developments.4 Promoting health in solidarity Everyone in society is concerned about health. Everyone is entitled Making peace 10 to live in healthy surroundings. A quality healthcare system should Equal opportunities allow us to live together. Political authorities be open to everyone. This can be guaranteed through a system of are empowered to ensure security. Their first aim is to prevent social insurance. Health insurance funds, care providers and users problems. Weapons manufacturing and the arms trade should be all have their own responsibilities. restricted. Disarmament, social justice and sustainable develop- ment are the best pathways to peace.5 A just and caring society Divisions in society can be prevented through effective collective Strengthening democracy 11 services, educational opportunities, fair taxation, a decent income Democracy requires legislative, judicial and executive powers that and decent housing, social security for all and social policy. The work properly. Decisions should be made by democratically elected disadvantaged should be involved in policymaking. The social representatives. At the same time there should be consultation organisations should be their partners. with organizations and citizens. Citizens must be able to enforce the law through the effective administration of justice.6 Living together creatively and happily The community should provide every opportunity for people to Room for faith 12 build their lives in harmonious families or long-term relationships, All people should be given space to live their faith, but public life as single-parent families and as single persons. Special attention should not be dominated by a particular religion or world-view. must be paid to children’s opportunities for development. The The evangelical culture of faith adds depth and power to the social community should acknowledge participation and engagement in project of the Christian workers movement. organizations and associations.
  3. 3. getting policymoving The ACW listens to people’s concerns and tries to find solutions. Streets don’t have any social fonction anymore, children have nowhere to play and older people cannot find an affordable residential home. The ACW works to find fair and sustainable solutions. Everyone should have a place in society. Sometimes people cannot deal with these problems by themselves. Sometimes policymakers have to find a solution. The ACW puts pressure on them as a way of influencing policy. The result is better solutions: solutions that take everyone into account; sustainable solutions for a better society. We are stronger together. That is certainly true of the ACW. Working with other organisations improves our chances of reaching a successful solution. Grouping together our demands and presenting them to all democratic parties, discussing practical solutions with politicians who support the ACW’s social project: this, too, is part of the ACW’s work.Patrick Develtere, President of ACW : “We aim to achieve our socialand sustainable goals through policy and political channels. That Iswhy we, as a social movement, get involved in campaigns and talkto socially aware politicians. This way people’s votes make a differ-ence twice: in our associations and in politics”.
  4. 4. creating movementThe ACW is a broad social movement in Flanders. It has thousands of volunteers, who can be found in almost every town anddistrict in Flanders and Brussels.These volunteers get your neighbourhood moving. They work for safer schools, adequate childcare and a healthy environment.They support for more social housing, fairer taxes, more jobs and an income for everyone.The ACW listens to people to understand what concerns them most in their lives. It brings people together to find lastingsolutions to problems. It gets people moving so that they can be strong enough to deal with the problems in their ownneighbourhoods.The ACW addresses people’s concerns in neighbourhoods and districts, towns and regions. There are many different interestsand people involved. Through its campaigns and petitions, cases and proposals, the ACW gets society moving. Things can change The earth is heating up, resulting in droughts, floods and other natural disasters. The ACW makes people aware of the dangers of climate change, since often socially more vulnerable groups have to pay the highest price for global warming. But the ACW is also seeking out alternatives. One local ACW group organises collective buying of insulation materials. Another ACW association tours the country with its “sustainable living” market trailer, an easy place to find tons of information about energy-efficient living.Everyone can live betterLiving under your own roof. Surely that’s what everyone wants - and preferably a roof that does not leak anddoes not force you to live in poverty. Housing is expensive in Flanders and it continues to become more expen-sive. That is why the ACW works for more social housing, both for renting and for buying. Young families, olderpeople and those on lower incomes also have a right to proper, safe, pleasant accommodation.
  5. 5. Towards a world of solidarity, both here and in the South Through its third world organisation Wereldsolidariteit, the ACW aims to improve living conditions for people. Workers in other parts of the world exist on subsistence wages, work inhuman hours and receive no social pro- tection at all. Wereldsolidariteit shows that we can do something about this. By informing people and encourag- ing them to stand together for their rights. Or through petitions to promote Clean Clothes here in Belgium. The clothes we wear should not be manufactured within inhuman conditions.The ACW also promotes that message of solidarity here, together with Wereldsolidariteit. Local groups organise “world markets”, where snacks and prod-ucts from the South are presented. The ACW invites people from different cultures to engage in conversation. Getting to know each other leads to mutualrespect.Social Security is there for youEveryone encounters social security at some time in their lives: when you are ill and drop in a sicknote to the health insurance fund, when you are unemployed, when you receive child benefit or whenyou retire. The ACW is proud of our unique system of social security, and aims to give people the bestpossible information about it. Older people, the unemployed, those who are sick or have disabilities andfamilies: all are entitled to economic security. In 2009 the ACW conducted an intensive campaign aroundsocial security, culminating in a Social Festival in Antwerp for thousands of people.The ACW knows that the future will bring new challenges in the area of social security and is engagedin the process of reflection about this problem.samen sterkworking together and talking together Together for a society with diversity On the street, at school, at work or in the village, we are seeing more and more people of dif- ferent colours. Often, however, we do not really know our neighbours who come from different cultures. That is why we are seeking contacts with associations involving ethnic and cultural minorities. In many places the ACW works with the International Committee, the umbrella organisation for about 200 self-help organisations for people who have migrated to Flanders. For example, they organised a joint debate on asylum and immigration policy, to which both movements invited their members to engage in dialogue.Traffic platformsACW groups are working to improve road safety andenhance the local environment in villages, towns andcities throughout the country. In many municipalities inFlanders they run a consultation process called TrafficPlatform together with associations, schools and citi-zens to promote road safety. Traffic Platforms get roadusers moving: for example they encourage cyclists towear reflective clothing. The “do-it-yourself” compe-tition, challenging young people to design their ownfashionable fluorescent clothing and accessories, hasbeen a huge success.
  6. 6. umbrella for organisationsThe ACW is the umbrella body for christian workers’organisations. The ACW and its partner organisationsstand up for social justice and a sustainable society. Theywork together to put the concerns of common people onthe agenda. But that isn’t all. The ACW also helps them tofind solutions. The ACW gets society moving. ACV KAV The ACV defends the interests of its members: 1.7 mil- The KAV offers an open door to all women. Taking part lion blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, execu- in sporting, educational, cultural or creative activities is tives and civil servants. It can offer advice and help with a way of widening your horizons and meeting new peo- work-related issues. ple. KAV also defends women’s interests, particularly women who have less chances. CM KWB The CM is a health insurance fund that not only makes The KWB brings people together and helps them to its payments quickly and correctly, but offers made-to- create opportunities for the whole family including lei- measure advice too. Its members enjoy a number of sure, training, social action, sport and days out. The benefits. A choice for CM means a friendly health KWB is supported by hundreds of volunteers, working insurance fund where solidarity matters and people in individual groups to provide these wide-ranging come first. activities. OKRA FAMILIEHULP Retirement coming into view? If so, take a look at Familiehulp is the largest home care service in OKRA, the meeting place for over 55’s. Your income, Flanders and Brussels. This non-profit association your mobility, your health care and other vital issues offers a wide range of home care services including will all be in good hands. Or how about some line danc- household help, care for older people, help around ing or some digital photographic enhancement? There pregnancy and childbirth, cleaning and odd jobs. are more than 1,200 local meeting places to choose from. GROEP ARCO ARCO Group is a cooperative holding company whose KAJ capital is provided by social organisations and 840,000 The KAJ is the ACW’s youth organisation. It encourages private partners. ARCO Group invests its funds in the young people to get involved, make friends and make a financial sector and in public welfare businesses. www. difference to their future and the future of society.
  7. 7. good links with strong partnersWELZIJNSZORG GROEP INTROEradicating poverty in our society. The Welzijnszorg organisation The INTRO Group supports socially vulnerable young people andaddresses this challenge by promoting a better understanding of adults in Flanders and Brussels through training, education,poverty, influencing policy and supporting activities aimed at skills enhancement, vocational guidance, employment coaching,combating social exclusion. work experience and the social economy. www.groepintro.beINTERNATIONAAL COMITEThe IC is a federation of ethnic minority organisations and its pur- PAX CHRISTIpose is to support their development. The IC works to promote equal Pax Christi Flanders is a peace movement inspired by the chris-opportunities and full engagement of people of different ethnic ori- tian faith. Through active nonviolence, it aims to inspire, developgins in our multicultural society. and guide individuals and groups as they walk the path that to a peaceful society. Pax Christi is built on three pillars: spiritu- ality, social action and training. www.paxchristi.beARKTOSArktos organises training and support projects for young people.Its work is built on a deep-rooted belief in their talents. In its fivecentres, Arktos works with a number of partners to set upprojects aimed at many different areas (education, employment,welfare, leisure and the local environment)
  8. 8. se Jurgen Doom VISIE AFGIFTEKANTOOR BRUSSEL X - P806000 JG. 66 - VISIE NR. 05 VRIJDAG 12 FEBRUARI 2010 VOLGENDE VISIE OP 26 FEBRUARI Liefde is van alle leeftijden Visie is the ACW’s magazine. It comes out 36 times a year and reaches Hij tovert een verlegen glimlach op zijn mond. Jona zit in de eerste kleuterklas van de Steiner- ken krijgen en dat kan bij sommige kleuters heel “Ja, ik ben verliefd”, zegt Bavo, bijna 6 jaar oud. school in Brussel. Toni zit in het onthaalklasje, wat emoties losweken. “Op Hannelore uit mijn klas.” Hij zegt het ter- maar ze hebben dezelfde juf. “Kussen, nee dat Hoe reageer je als ouder? Lach de gevoelens van wijl hij druk bezig is een tekening te maken. Met doen we niet,” zeggen ze allebei verbaasd. Jo- je kind niet weg. Stel je open op. Praat gerust een jongen, een meisje, een huisje en een tuin- na geeft Toni wel een dikke knuffel terwijl hij met je kind over verliefdheid, maar forceer tje en in de lucht heel veel hartjes. Morgen doet haar liefdevol een boekje toont. niets. hij ze haar cadeau. “Dan krijg ik weer een zoen- tje.” Geeft hij dan een zoentje terug? “Nee”, Liefde is van alle leeftijden. Ook peuters en kleu- Peter Heirman 1,300,000 families through the membership of ACV or CM. Visie offers news reageert hij verongelijkt. “Jongens doen zoiets ters geven soms aan dat ze verliefd zijn. Het is niet. Ik geef haar wel een handje. En later trouw de leeftijd waarop ze een of twee vriendjes of ik met haar. Of met mama. Dat weet ik nog niet.” vriendinnetjes hebben waar ze zich meer mee verbonden voelen dan met andere kinderen. Meer info bij Kind en Gezin (tel. 078 150 100), Jona is druk in de weer met zijn vriendinnetje de Opvoedingstelefoon (078 150 010) of surf Toni (zie foto). Hij toont haar waar ze haar jas Meestal beperkt verliefd zijn zich tot samen spe- naar aan de kapstok mag hangen, waar het toilet is len. Kusjes of handjes geven gebeurt soms ook, en wat er in elk hoekje van de klas te beleven maar niet zo vaak. Het is ook een gevoel waar- about society from the perspective of the ACW’s social project. Through its is. “Ik moet toch voor haar zorgen”, zegt hij. bij ze soms voor het eerst met afwijzing te ma- Groene stroom op ons dak 2 De tabakoloog spreekt moed in 5 Vrouwen in de bloemen 10 reports and interviews, Visie allows its readers to empathise with other peo- ple’s social problems. A regional information pull-out section brings these values close to home. There is also a Visie blog where you can keep up to date with social and cultural news. PASAR Pasar is the focal point in Flanders for recreation close to home. This social and cultural association, which was formerly known as Vakantiegenoegens, is about staying active, being environmentally aware and socially involved. Its aim is to give as many people as possible the chance to do something meaningful in their free time. A wide range of activities are organised by more than 3,000 volunteers in 330 sections throughout Flanders. The Pasar monthly publication has a circulation of 264,200, the widest of any travel magazine in Belgium, with colourful, innovative travel reports every month. www.pasar.beWERELD 8500 KORTRIJK 1 AFDELING 2 4/1132 1 BELGIE - BELGIQUEBURGERwereldnieuwsin zakformaat Benin WERELdSOLIdARITEIT Wereldburger is een driemaandelijkse uitgave van Wereldsolidariteit Wereldsolidariteit vzw - Haachtsesteenweg 579, 1030 Brussel 12de jaargang • januari - februari - maart 2010 • Afgiftekantoor Kortrijk 1 • afdeling 2 • erkenning P309504 All over the world people are working extremely hard to build a better lifeO-WBkrant_14161.indd 1 19/02/10 09:42 for themselves and their families. But workers in the South do not receive fair wages, often work under very poor conditions, experience bitter poverty and have no access to health care or social security. Wereldsolidariteit seeks to make structural changes to this situation. How? By giving people in the South every opportunity to organise themselves so that they can stand up for their rights.
  9. 9. ACW General SecretariatHaachtsesteenweg 579, B -1030 Brussel, +32 2 246 31 11, - ACW regions Antwerpen, Nationalestraat 111, B - 2000 Antwerpen, +32 3 220 12 22, - Brugge, Oude Burg 13, B - 8000 Brugge, +32 50 33 27 38, - Brussel, Pletinckxstraat 19, B - 1000 Brussel, +32 2 557 87 55, - Gent-Eeklo, Korenlei 20, B - 9000 Gent, +32 9 269 96 69, - Kempen, Korte Begijnenstraat 18, B - 2300 Turnhout, +32 14 40 31 51, - Leuven, Bondgenotenlaan 131, B - 3000 Leuven, +32 16 29 81 00, - Limburg, Mgr. Broekxplein 6, B - 3500 Hasselt, +32 11 29 08 70, - Mechelen, Begijnenstraat 18 bus 1, B - 2800 Mechelen, +32 15 29 25 50, - | © gevaertgraphics | Midden en Zuid West-Vlaanderen, Wijngaardstraat 48, B - 8500 Kortrijk, +32 56 23 37 11, - Oostende-Westhoek, Dr. L. Colensstraat 7, B - 8400 Oostende, +32 59 55 25 11, - Published by ACW, the umbrella body for Christian employee organisations, Kris Houthuys - Haachtsesteenweg 579 - 1030 Brussel - - Waas en dender, Hendrik Heymanplein 7, B - 9100 Sint-Niklaas, +32 3 760 13 51, - Zuid-Oost-Vlaanderen, Keizersplein 20, B - 9300 Aalst, +32 53 76 16 02, - ACW partners ACV, Haachtsesteenweg 579, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 246 31 11, - LCM, Haachtsesteenweg 579, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 246 41 11, - KAV, Urbain Britsierslaan 5, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 246 51 11, - KWB, Urbain Britsierslaan 5, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 246 52 52, - OKRA, Haachtsesteenweg 579, B - 1030 Brussel, + 32 2 246 44 41, - KAJ, Urbain Britsierslaan 5, B - 1030 Brussel, + 32 2 246 53 00, - Groep ARCO, Urbain Britsierslaan 5, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 246 50 00, - Familiehulp, Koningsstraat 294, B - 1210 Brussel, + 32 2 227 40 10, - Associated partners Arktos, Valkerijgang 26, B - 3000 Leuven, +32 16 29 57 74, - Groep Intro, Paviljoenstraat 1, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 242 85 43, - Welzijnszorg, Huidevetterstraat 165, B - 1000 Brussel, + 32 2 502 55 75, - Pax Christi, Italiëlei 98a, B - 2000 Antwerpen, +32 3 225 10 00, - Internationaal Comité, Mgr. Broekxplein 6, B - 3500 Hasselt, +32 11 29 09 17, - Hefboom, Vooruitgangstraat 333 bus 5, B - 1030 Brussel, +32 2 205 17 20, - www.hefboom.beVisit us at