Dear brothers and sisters,
Each year on Labour Day we celebrate the achievements of all workers across Africa.
This 1st of May we will be exactly one month away from the 11th General Assembly, which will also be a culmination of the 40th anniversary since we started the Africa Alliance of YMCAs. We have made great strides so far and continue to strive for the African Renaissance, the little things each one of does makes the difference.
This 1st of May finds us fighting towards a Peaceful, Prosperous & Integrated Africa. As the entire continent celebrates Labour Day, we want to take a moment to recognize the employees of YMCA. We are proud to work with such a dedicated, talented, and hard-working group. You are the best team that will see us to a better Africa.
On this day, we celebrate the success of powerful YMCA campaigns that led to the creation of new National movements, and the strengthening of others across the continent, enabling us to achieve new conquests and to reach more young people each year. We celebrate all those National Movements who are undertaking the chartering process. We believe that our movement will grow stronger together.
We celebrate that the voice of working young people is becoming increasingly powerful, to demand greater inclusion in all areas (labour, social, political, unions) and mainly to fight against the deplorable pay gap and against all forms of exclusions.
We celebrate the workers’ spirit of struggle in the Region, those who have joined voices from north to south in our continent to demand more justice and inclusion. We celebrate our everyday heroes, those who against all odds continue to defend human rights and collectively claim other rights. We stand by each and every one of the struggles for greater justice and better working conditions.
We are working with Young People whose priority problem is unemployment and underemployment, let us mobilize our energies and initiatives in providing adequate and innovative spaces for youth employment. More power spaces equal’s to more empowered young people. That’s my challenge to you!
We can all be proud of what we have accomplished this past year, both individually and collectively. Our employees are an integral part of our success story. I congratulate you on your hard work and I wish you the best of greetings on this Labor Day. May your dedication and promise towards your work always take you to new heights. Happy Labor Day to you.
May you all always shine bright!!
Lantonirina Rakotomalala, AAYMCA General Secretary