Lack of decent jobs driving people's worries, feeding uncertainties: ILO

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A domestic worker washes clothes by hand in New Delhi, India. Photo: ILO/B. Patel

The lack of decent jobs and the fear that aspirations for a better life will remain unfulfilled is a powerful force driving people's worries and uncertainties.

That's what Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said on the World Day of Social Justice.

These sentiments are shared by young people around the world who feel they have no stake in society, especially those living in situations of conflict.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The World Day of Social Justice comes at a time of great global uncertainty, the Director-General of ILO warned on Monday.

Poverty and conflict continue to affect many people around the world while inequalities are widening in prosperous societies, Guy Ryder noted.

He underscored the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps that have arisen as a result of growing inequalities.

The World Day of Social Justice is observed every year on 20 February to help advance the cause by removing gender, racial, cultural, age and religious barriers to name a few.

The theme for this year is "preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work."

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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