Promoting Social Justice in Asia

Social Justice


 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.

Social Justice_social protection

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.

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The waiting has come to an end! FES Bangladesh along with its two precious partners: Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) and BRAC University-BIGD announces the grand inauguration of the Academy of Work (AoW) to be held tomorrow. The AoW is an academic programme for trade unionists, the first of its kind in Bangladesh. Let the final countdown begin! #BILSBangladeshInstituteofLabourStudies #BRACInstituteofGovernanceandDevelopmentBIGD #BRACUniversity

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Adrienne Woltersdorf


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.