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Sustainability : Equal opportunities

Duurzaamheid

Sustainable development: what is it?
Environment:
Water
Energy
Materials
Building and living
Mankind:
Equal opportunities
Education
Labour and leisure
Society:
Sustainable housing
Sustainable enterprise
Sustainable labour

Mankind: Equal opportunities

Sustainable development demands a large approach.” How sustainable is the future, as long as there is a threat of nuclear weapons, as long as there is an enourmous inequality between poor and rich, or as long as people have to flee their countries and are not welcome in any other country? And how can the whole world supply in its existence as 86% of all consumption is made by the richest 20% of the world population?” (Omslag, Werkplaats voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling.)

This is a right analysis, but at the same time an inhuman task: creating equal opportunities for the whole world population.The organisation Omslag therefore pleads for the diminishing of consumption, to decrease the pressure on our world heritage and to fight inequality.
To enhance the awareness for this, they support actions as the Buy Nothing Day.
“The Buy Nothing Day is the protest day of everyone who fights against consumerism, the striving for economic growth, the power of the big companies, the 24 hour stress society, the seven day shopping week and a life serving the economy.”

Of course, having equal rights goes farther than having equal prosperity. In the end, the idea that all people are equal and have the same rights, forms the basis of all human development. Since the establishment of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of human rights has been the basis and starting point of their policy.. The Universal Declaration says that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. In a legal context, the idea of equality refers to the right of nature, in which every human is gifted with an equal free will.As a consequence, this right is the same for everyman.

Equality for the law means that everyone has a right to equal treatment, although punishments might vary according to situation and person. Other applications of the equality principle are the same rights of man and woman, the same pay for the same work, and the same rights at elections.
Equal treatment is a.o. dictated in the UN-treaties of 1966. The European Community has issued, between 1975 and 1986, five directives for equal treatment of man and woman, concerning pay, labour conditions and social security. These must be taken up in the legislation of the member states.
It is obvious that the struggle for these rights is far from finished, also in Europe.
So, it is an illusion to think that the SDIT project or NMS will be able to make a relevant contribution.
Yet, NMS has worked at it ,albeit a little bit, with their WINN training for female managers from Romania.

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