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360 Degrees – Employment is a human right
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360 Degrees – Employment is a human right

Published on : 13 January 2013 - 10:40am | By ((C) Cartoon Movement)
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“Is employment a human right?” was the question posted on social media for the latest round of our 360 Degrees project. The joint project by RNW’s Arabic Department, Cartoon Movement and media partners in the Arab region aims to encourage people to look at the world from different perspectives. People are invited to tweet their views using a common hashtag: #360D, and artists from Cartoon Movement create drawings based on the tweets that inspire them.

The second month of 360 Degrees focuses on employment. Or rather the lack thereof, as unemployment is very high among young people in the Arab region are unemployed. Of course employment is a human right, was the most common reaction of our readers on Twitter and Facebook – but the real discussion arises around the question of who’s responsible for providing the jobs.

No jobs without a healthy economic situation. “Last year was the year of politics and revolution in the Arab world, 2013 will be the year of economy,” expects Baher Emad. Another commenter said that “everyone can make a difference”.

Work-not-in-progress
A comment left on Facebook by Awd al-Awa inspired a whole range of cartoons:
 
“It is better to look for a job rather than waiting for it… But it is the government/state which is supposed to provide jobs for all.”

In his reaction, cartoonist Pedro Molina shows us that even the ‘worker’ in the well known work-in-progress traffic sign is waiting for a job.

Pedro Molina
Pedro Molina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several other artists also used the traffic sign in their drawing. A few examples:

Alexander Dubovsky
Alexander Dubovsky

Alexander Dubovsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manos Symeonakis
Manos Symeonakis

Manos Symeonakis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfredo Martinera
Alfredo Martinera

Alfredo Martinera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Razor blade 

And that same comment inspired the two cartoons selected by Cartoon Movement for its homepage:  

“It is a delicate balance” by “Abdallah”, a famous Egyptian cartoonist who also contributes to daily newspaper Al Masry Al Youm/ Egypt Independent, one of RNW’s media partners. 

Abdallah
Abdallah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this cartoon by Romanian artist Pavel Constantin.

Pavel Constantin
Pavel Constantin

 

 

 

 

 

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Farhan 11 June 2013 - 9:40pm

Many high schools insists that their teachers have, or eventually get, a Master's degree. If you want to teach at a college level, though, you don't necessarily need a degree in Education.

Mr Blaine 19 February 2013 - 3:17am

Human rights are such basic rights of a person that everyone should get a chance to be treated fairly and not to be discriminated on the basis of color, age, religion, gender or sex, ethnic or indigenous group, language, politics or caste. Human rights guarantee the fundamental right of the people.

Sam80 19 February 2013 - 3:15am

Human Right Education is the education that caters to the development of overall human personality. It includes respecting of rights, fulfillment of basic needs, and ensuring fundamental freedom to all human beings. 

MR blaine 19 February 2013 - 3:14am

the exception of formal ethics classes, few think of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as classroom subject matter. 

arvel atwater 19 February 2013 - 3:13am

Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. 

davidbowie 15 February 2013 - 10:00pm

Besides, due to racial discrimination, fundamentalism, communal discrimination, we can see that minority of different countries are facing oppression and suppression. 

carmeloanthony 14 February 2013 - 9:09pm

It is unfortunate that workplace human rights issues have not been properly understood by the managers and supervisors because of its complex nature. The onus of preventing human rights violations is the responsibility of management professionals in charge of workplace. 

jeromethomas 13 February 2013 - 2:48pm

If the employer is a private organisation or company, then direct reliance on HRA is not possible. Nevertheless, all contracts of employment contain an implied term that employers will not - without reasonable and proper cause and conduct themselves in a manner likely to destroy or seriously damage the relationship of trust between themselves and employees. 

Screaming 30 January 2013 - 2:28am / iyXHnNejwcSZNNN

told me that I did it so the blind man would think I was a good bloke. Again I was flabbergasted. He told me that he perfers it if I do something good because it is good, not to get praise. That blew my mind. So here I was saying to myself this can't be happening while at the same time my mind was being blown at the wisdom of God. I remember thinking that if all the people in the world and all the books and computers could have all their knowledge combined that it wouldn't even come close to what God had. God continued talking and I kept being blown away. He told me when you were a little boy and told a lie, you would blush. Everyone could tell you lied because you blushed. I was so blown out by that I said that's right God, that's right , He said to me Hang on, there is more . This blew me away even more than I already was. I thought there are 4 billion people on the earth and God is talking to me, far out . He continued You taught yourself not to blush, but all you were doing was blocking me out . At that I interrupted him again that's true God, that's true . He said hang on, there is more . If I wasn't completely blown away by now, I was then. It was too incredible to even believe let alone try and tell to someone else. But I'm telling you exactly what happened to me that day, I'm not making any of it up. He said you were like a beaver building a dam. I was a river wanting to flush through you and clean you, but you built a dam of logs and blocked the flow. I had an image in my mind of a beaver that blocked a creek with lots of logs and had it all blocked up. God said look here is pride and he started to remove the central log at the top of the wall that had all the others locked in together.Then the peace gradually withdrew and I began to become aware of my surroundings again. I could start to hear the noises around me and see the volley ball players. I wondered to myself I wonder what the time is . In an instant I knew it was 20 past 3. I looked at the clock at the end of the yard and it was 20 past 3.

frans andrea 29 January 2013 - 5:38am / USA

Except in the US you have no employments rights. Learned that this year. Had 3 Retina detachments in a row - lost more than 14 weeks of (unpaid) work and guess what now they can fire you just like that and they did! My Happy 63rd birthday and Happy new year 2012

Will Fallon 16 January 2013 - 8:08pm / USA

Employement is a human right as long as (according to RNW 3.0) you are under 60 years of age. Then it's off to the glue factory.

Becky 15 January 2013 - 3:40am

Is employment really a human right? Looking at the Labor law compliance posters posted in work place, which is a sign that shows compliance to government, and filled with info on labor laws, I cannot help think, if we donot even have the chance to work, how can we be protected by labor law? In a slack situation, how many people are desperate for employment when they cannot obtain an opportunity?

anonymous 13 January 2013 - 6:39pm / lalaland

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
The laborer is worthy of his hire.

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