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A Social Democratic and Welfare State Antidote to the COVID Crisis

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Socdem Asia Statement on the Corona-crisis

COVID-19 Pandemic exposes the crises of our healthcare system and economic system. Overwhelmed healthcare hospitals and healthcare facilities and the steep decline in economic output reveal a more troubling diagnosis of the global order. Decades of neoliberal policies has resulted in inequality in health services as manifested in privatized healthcare that offer the best medical treatments and services to those who can afford to pay while overworked and underfunded public health institutions cater to the poorer segments of society. For workers in the informal sectors, urban poor, peasants, and migrant labor, these public health services are their only recourse. Equally troubling is the lack of social security and safety nets for the majority of the working class also endangers not only their health but also their jobs and income. The existing precariousness of workers in highly contractual and irregular work rebranded as the “gig-economy” has fully materialized. Absent the protections of regular work and pay, union membership and unemployment benefits, such workers struggle to cope with the burden brought about by this pandemic. While the virus does not discriminate based on class, religion, sex and race, our societies acceptance and institutionalization of these ensure that the most vulnerable will be the most impacted by the pandemic while the most affluent will survive and flourish. 

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia joins the international community in extending our sympathies to those whose lives and families have been adversely affected by this pandemic. We also join the world in paying tribute to all health workers, security personnel and all workers who are working in the front lines and risking their health to slow the pandemic.

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EXECUTIVE COURSE ON FEMINISM

This March 2021, SocDem Asia Academy of Progressive Politics (SocDem APP) rolls out the first online Executive Course on Feminism for the whole month.

The training will aid policy advisors, political educators, and advocates in (1) understanding key concepts on feminist analysis, critique, vision, and political struggles, (2) learning ways on how to integrate feminist practice in constructing ideal societies and in leading and managing organizations, and in (3) exchanging with peers and experts practical and innovative tools in feminist education and advocacy.

Seventy accepted applicants from our member-parties and affiliate organizations in 8 countries will access exclusive lecture videos, readings, webinars and a podcast episode.

This training course is led in partnership with and co-organized by FRETILIN Timor-Leste and Akbayan Partylist Philippines.

We would like to thank our partners and the pool of advisors and resource persons for taking part in this effort to train and mentor more feminists in the region.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EXECUTIVE COURSE ON FEMINISM - MARCH 2021

The SocDem Asia Academy of Progressive Politics (SocDem APP) is holding its first online Executive Course this March 2021, and it will be on Feminism.

For the whole month of March, the executive course will aid policy advisors, political educators, and advocates in (1) Understanding key concepts on Feminist analysis, critique, vision, and political struggles; (2) Learning ways on how to integrate feminist practice in constructing ideal societies and in leading and managing organizations; (3) Exchanging with peers and experts practical and innovative tools in feminist education and advocacy.

The course will both have synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions. Participants will be given access to educational videos and handouts, as well as attend one live webinar on 12 March 2021 to interact with feminist leaders. Participants completing the course at the end of March will earn a certificate from SocDem Asia partner institutions.

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