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Social and health services of high quality are an essential part of our European welfare system and are based on a universal social protection approach and the principle of solidarity. More specifically, quality social and health services guarantee the implementation of fundamental rights for all, ensure the creation of comparable living conditions and opportunities and contribute actively to enhance the physical, mental, cultural and social capacity of individuals to participate fully in society.
100 years after the beginning of the First World War and 75 years after the beginning of the Second World War, the wars in Gaza, Iraq, Syria and the conflict in Ukraine have created thousands of human tragedies and senseless losses of lives. Again the civilians were the most targeted and international agreements like the Geneva Convention appear to be nothing more than a piece of paper. Taking into account the global crisis, more voices raise the concern that we might enter in a pre-war situation and thus, we are in urgent need of exit strategies. At least, if we still pretend to have learnt from our past.
We are delighted to share with you the latest SOLIDAR publication that was realised in cooperation with local partners and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS); entitled ‘Promoting Women’s Rights & Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa’.
In a common position paper, SOLIDAR member Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) as a member of the German coordination organization of welfare organization together with another network outlined their position on the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) regarding social and health care services.