A discussion workshop on social protection in Kinshasa

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Kinshasa, June 27th, 2022 (CPA).- The National Multi-stakeholder Network for Rights Related to Social Protection in the DRC (INSPIR/DRC) held from June 23rd to 24th, in the commune of Lingwala in Kinshasa, an exchange workshop on social protection. The Secretary General at the Ministry of Labor in charge of social welfare, Jean Masasu, on this occasion made it known that social protection must occupy an important place in the life of an individual, because it intervenes at all levels starting from birth until death.

He called on the participants to play an important role in the popularization of social protection in order to push the public authorities to draw up laws likely to respond to the well-being of the people, before greeting the organizers for having associated them with these meetings. The new national coordinator of the UNPSR/DRC, Aisée Atum, for her part, invited all the member organizations of her structure and the institutions of the Republic present in this work, to be carriers of the messages related to social protection with their organizations, in order to accompany the Congolese population in the materialization of this matter. For her, support for protection is a right for every citizen with the aim of contributing to their well-being, particularly in the redistribution of wealth, solidarity and interpenetration.

“Social protection constitutes for the DRC as well as other countries of the world, a major challenge for the public authorities. On this subject, its inclusion strategies are not a fad, but a response to the difficulties that some people experience in accessing basic social services adapted to their needs and levels,” he said. she pointed out. Ms. Aisée Atum said that in the DRC, 80% (percent) of the population operates in the informal sector. We find a category excluded from the traditional system of social protection, health care, work with a living wage and loans for entrepreneurship.

Presentation of the new UNSP/DRC committee

In addition, the vice-president of the Trade Union Confederation of Congo (CSC) in charge of finance, Josée Shimbi, officially presented the new committee of the National Multi-stakeholder Network for the Rights to Social Protection in the DRC, in the presence of various personalities, among others, the cultural adviser at the Belgian Embassy, ​​Vanbeveren Eric. Recognizing the strength of civil society, Ms. Shimbi, also responsible for the informal economy sector within the CSC, invited this new team to pool forces taking into account diversity in plurality.

She called on the member organizations of this network, to raise awareness and sensitize the populations to take visible action before the actors of national life, before challenging them to understand the need for social protection. The network affiliated with « INSPIR/Central Africa », brings together ten civil society organizations from the DRC and aims to defend the rights to social protection of the population, the improvement of working conditions and the facilitation of productivity to increase the contributory capacity of the population, in particular social benefits. It was born from a few observations among the mixed results of the actions of social protection organizations in Third World countries. ACP/