Human rights at CDA launches the initiative Honour Labour

Press release
Published April 30th, 2012 - 10:25 GMT
Al Kamda and HE Sanjay Verma during the initiative meeting
Al Kamda and HE Sanjay Verma during the initiative meeting

To mark the International Labour Day, the Community Development Authority CDA announced today a major initiative entitled Honour Labour. The initiative which starts on May 1st is in partnership with the Consulate General of India and the Indian Community Welfare Committee ICWC aims at raising awareness among labourers, and providing them with better lifestyle environment, productive programmes and social services schemes with the intention of sustaining some of the services for a longer period of time.

Sharing the same goals and messages with regard to the welfare of the workers, the CDA will be supported by the Consulate General of India and the Indian Community Welfare Committee ICWC along with 18 other associations and companies from the NGO’s and private sectors targeting more than 250,000 labourers.

The initiative is part of CDA’s aspirations to empower all residents in Dubai, enabling them to participate positively in social development and providing them with a variety of social services.

As an enabler to achieve Dubai’s social strategic outcomes, CDA has brought together a number of partners under its umbrella to introduce measures aimed at improving the skills of the workers and in the process empowering them to achieve the goal of better living standards.

“CDA has undertaken several initiatives to enhance social care services and social integration of marginalized groups in our society. The Consulate General of India and the ICWC, share the CDA’s concern for the uplift of labourers, and by partnering with them in this initiative, the CDA will be better equipped to make this a success,” said H.E. Khaled Al Kamda Director General of CDA.

The initiative will provide more than 16 services, programs and events segmented into  awareness sessions focused on social behaviour , entertainment activities, educational programmes in addition to other services  as key elements in its implementation. The CDA will conduct the awareness sessions at labour camps. As part of entertainment activities, sports competitions and music contests will be organised. Educational initiatives will include computer and English classes.

The CDA partnered with different associations and organizations to provide those programs and initiatives including the Pakistan Association Dubai, Indian club in Dubai, Dubai organisations including Welfare of Mankind, Savera and Smartlife, Dubai Kairali Kalakendram and companies Wade Adams, DULSCO, ETA Ascon, Al Ahmadiah Contracting, Al Mansoor Videos DU, HCL Systems and Western Union, Right Track Advertising, and ITL Cosmos.

"It is a privilege for the Indian Community Welfare Committee ICWC to be associated and work closely with the Community Development Authority of Dubai.  The Indian Consulate appreciates CDA’s initiative to mark Labour Day.  ICWC with the support of its members as well as Indian companies welcome and in full measure support CDA-led programmes, starting on 1st May." said H.E Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India.

" We are extremely happy to join hands with CDA in celebrating the International Labour Day. This year we have identified sustainable programs for the benefit of the blue collard workers with an objective of improving their skill sets. It is just not an entertainment program but something that will make a difference to the lives of these workers. Computer classes, Music classes and English language classes are just a few of the several programs  we have planned. Thanks to HE Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India and HE Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of CDA, for their keen personal interest and quality time spent to finalise these programs." said Krishnamurthy Kumar Convener of the Indian Community Welfare Committee.

The various programmes being lined up as part of the month-long campaign also include medical camps, books distribution, movie screening, entertainment programmes, awareness session on alcohol and its adverse effects, distribution of water cooler bags, volleyball competition, musical training, musical engagement programme, dance and fun activities, etc.

CDA already has a number of activities aimed at promoting and raising the social standards in Dubai. The CDA extends the reach of its programmes by increasing the role of citizens and businesses in the community by cooperating with entities concerned in order to encourage and foster social responsibility.

Background Information

Community Development Authority

​​​The Community Development Authority (CDA) was founded by a decree of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in July 2008. CDA is responsible for setting up and developing a framework for social development, and aims to achieve the goals outlined in the Dubai Strategic Plans.

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