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Mind the Gap: Creating Economic Opportunities for Youth

Global youth unemployment has reached staggering levels. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 73.4 million youth were unemployed in 2013, up from 69.9 million in 2007. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, one in four young people are unemployed. In South Africa, roughly 50 percent of youth ages 15 to 24 are jobless. Yet these numbers are a snapshot of a multifaceted crisis that represents an immediate challenge not just for youth, but for all of us.

2015 G20 Summit Recommendations

When the G20 leaders meet in November to discuss pressing global issues, it is imperative that they take action to address the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Rana Plaza 2 Years Later: Garment Workers under Siege

In the initial months after the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, 2013, a preventable catastrophe that killed more than 1,130 Bangladesh garment workers and injured thousands more, global outrage spurred much-needed changes.

Lily Gomes, Champion of Bangladesh Garment Workers

In the hours and days after the multi-story Rana Plaza building collapsed in 2013, killing more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh, Solidarity Center Senior Program Officer Lily Gomes was an ever-present figure in the hospitals, where she went from bed to bed checking on injured workers and offering support. She also visited workers at their homes, to offer assistance and to document details of the world’s deadliest garment factory disaster.

Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work'

Three times each month, dozens of women gather in dusty courtyards in rural towns in Manikganj, Dinazpur or other districts across Bangladesh to learn all they can about the only means by which they can support their families: migrating to another country for work.

One Year After Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh, Survivors and Families Struggle to Survive

One year ago today, April 24, as the walls of the multistory Rana Plaza building collapsed around her, Moriom Begum was trapped, injured and unable to move in the dark, surrounded by the lifeless bodies of her co-workers.

2014 G20 Jobs and Employment Recommendations

In order to promote domestic resource mobilization, the G8/G20 Advocacy Alliance -- with 50 NGO, union and think tank members -- urges the G20 to implement the following job and employment recommen

Recommendations for the 2014 G20 Summit

When the G20 leaders meet in Brisbane in November, they must take bold steps to improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations, remove impediments to economic growth, and encourage good gover

Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

A year after the deadly factory fire that killed 112 garment workers at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh, survivors and the families of those killed and injured say they have been forgotten by the factory owner, international buyers and the government.

Preventing Child Trafficking in India

Something was not quite right about the little group that climbed onto the bus.

On their hour-and-a-half bus ride home to Udaipur, India, from the project office in a small village where they had spent that late-July day, Joseph Mathew and his colleague, Hemlata Verma, spotted the man and six children right away. The pair quickly realized they were likely looking at victims of child trafficking. Mathew, as coordinator for ChildFund India’s anti-trafficking project in Udaipur, lived and breathed the issue every day and knew the signs.


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