This webinar was run in partnership with Dynamo International – Street Workers Network and the non-profit Bruxelles Laïque – Festival des Libertés Cultural Festival, as part of the online discussion surrounding the “Freedom or security – do we have to choose?” campaign.
Our societies are in perpetual crisis and the discourse is becoming even more security-based, while a large number of people live in constant insecurity and face an uncertain future. Precariousness has become a fact of life for many people, and it now cuts across different facets of life in order to create what Robert Castel called “social insecurity”. Homeless people, unemployed people facing the constant threat of exclusion, single parent families, undocumented foreign nationals, segregated young people…increasing numbers of people are experiencing precariousness without any social security cover. Those in casual employment, and “gig economy” workers, who have employment contracts but do not have the social protection offered by a standard employment contract, should not be forgotten.
We will question the political and media discourses that justify this precariousness and the changes to legislation that make out this insecurity to be a social fact. Why has the goal of eradicating structural poverty, announced by international bodies such as the UN, not been achieved, while the proportion of well-off people is rising?