Democracy – Inclusion – Justice – Solidarity – Sustainability
The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies.
Solidarity must be the bedrock of Europe’s response to this crisis: to fighting the pandemic and protecting all people, to managing the social and economic consequences, and to defending democracy. Solidarity goes beyond borders and should not be limited to European Union countries.
This is more than a public health crisis; it is a systems crisis. Like the climate crisis, and the many other crises we face, it affects everyone but hits some harder than others. The COVID-19 pandemic magnifies the inequalities in our societies. Inequality was already a global problem, but it now risks growing to irreversible proportions. Alongside the millions of workers who have lost their jobs and income, those most affected include migrants at the borders, precarious workers, undocumented people, low-income families, homeless people, elderly, women, and people with disabilities or chronic illnesses – including many racial and ethnic minorities.
Health workers, and other essential service workers, are on the front line. We are witnessing the fundamental social and economic value of care work and basic services, work that is overwhelmingly carried out by women and is too often ignored, under-valued, and always underpaid.
We, the undersigned European civil society actors, are committed to working together towards a shared vision of the future of Europe, one that is based on a socially just, feminist, sustainable, democratic and inclusive society. In this time of crisis, we stand ready, in solidarity, to act together.
We recognise that alongside international organizations, NGOs and governments, the European Union has attempted to respond to this emergency. However, it can and must go further.
We call on the European institutions and Member State governments to seize this moment to work towards a fundamental change in our social, economic and political systems. We stand ready to support the transition away from the current social and economic model, which drives inequality and environmental destruction and leaves us unprepared when crises hit.
We call on European decision-makers to come together, across borders, to show the vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a sustainable future; a future of resilient democracies built on human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, human rights and the rule of law.Europe must demonstrate it cares for all, through times of crisis, and beyond
The European Union must take action to:
ACT Alliance EU
Albanian Center for Population and Development (ACPD)
All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland
ATD Fourth World
Balkan Civil Society Development Network
CEE Bankwatch Network
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
Coordinadora de ONGD-España
Czechia Against Poverty and Inequality
End FGM European Network
European Civic Forum
European Consortium for Emergency Contraception
European Disability Forum
European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
European Movement International
European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
European Oncology Nursing Society
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
European Women’s Lobby
European Youth Forum
Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Federación de Planificación Familiar de España
Friends of the Earth Europe
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)
International Planned Parenthood Federation, European Network
Know and Can Association
Le Planning Familial
Lithuanian NGDO Platform
Naturefriends International (NFI)
Open Society European Policy Initiative
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Familienplanung (ÖGF)
P&D Factor – Ass. Cooperação sobre População e Desencolvimento, Portugal
Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma – RCT
Society for Education on Contraception and Sexuality
SOLIDAR and SOLIDAR Foundation
The Good Lobby
UKPEN – UK pro-EU Network
WWF European Policy Office (EPO)
YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Young Feminist Europe
Young Friends of the Earth Europe