Asian economies are booming. However, the number of poor people is only slowly decreasing. The gap between rich and poor has never been larger. FES is working with its partners to reinforce social justice as a key feature in political and economic processes in order to reduce social inequalities. Our activities aim to promote decent work, the implementation of labour and social standards, socially just social protection systems and gender justice.
What We Do
We promote social dialogue fora in order to deepen the mutual understanding of social partners and provide platforms for joint projects. We perceive the constructive cooperation of workers, employers and government representatives as a key instrument to strengthen the social dimension of regional integration in South- and Southeast Asia.
We cooperate with trade unions to promote labour standards, decent working conditions and migrant workers’ rights. We perceive strengthening the representation of employees through trade unions and representative bodies as an integral component of its efforts towards advancing social democracy around the world.
We support women and men in their struggle for gender equality in Asia. In cooperation with our partners, we seek to create equal opportunities for all genders, in order to enable equal political, economic and social participation for all members of society; to reduce structural poverty; and promote socially just and sustainable development.
We support a progressive discourse on social protection, defined as an instrument to manage the risks to life, to promote a fair distribution of income, social cohesion, political stability, and to drive growth by boosting productivity and domestic demand. We regard social protection as a human right as well as an economic necessity.
"Women are asking for recognition for their paid and unpaid work, both from the society and from the government" as they face a double burden regarding their work shares Shirin Akhter, General Secretary of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Socialist Party), and President of the National Workers’ Alliance. #FESAsia #feminism #labourrights #IWD2017 ... See MoreSee Less
Dhaka (Bangladesh) – The majority of women in Bangladesh still bear the double burden of paid work and unpaid care work On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Afsana Tazreen and Arunduty Rani of FES Bangladesh led an interview with Shirin Akhter, member of the Parliament in Bangladesh since 2...
“A feminist view in policy making, can prevent for economic and social policies to be formed and implemented in isolation,” says Damyanty Sridharan from FES India. Read more on gender inequality and FES' work in India in her interview below. #FESAsia #feminism #genderequality #socialjustice ... See MoreSee Less
New Delhi (India) – With investments for strong workers organising, gender equality laws and policies to address issues of violence or care work are possible “A feminist view in policy making, can prevent for economic and social policies to be formed and implemented in isolation,” says Damyanty Srid...
Double standards imposed on women with a different cultural, social-economic or political background, testify that we are still far from achieving gender equality if we don't fight them. #FESAsia #IWD2017 #SocDem #feminism ... See MoreSee Less
An important step in achieving gender rights is the need to promote strong democratic structures for gender equality, argues Dr. Susan Cherian from India. #FESAsia #IWD2017 #SocDem #feminism ... See MoreSee Less
Adrienne WoltersdorfCOORDINATOR, PROJECT SOCIAL JUSTICE
Adrienne Woltersdorf is the Resident Director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Singapore based “Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia”. From 2012 to 2015 she was the foundations Resident Representative in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a political correspondent for taz, die tageszeitung, Adrienne was based in Washington and in Berlin, writing for Frankfurter Rundschau and Der Spiegel. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sinology, Political Science and Modern History from Freie Universität Berlin.