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'UDITA' (Arise)

01 May 2015

1st May 2015

'UDITA' (Arise) - Life, death, oppression and resistance - 5 Years with the women of Bangladesh's sweatshops and their fight for a better life.

'Udita' is a film by acclaimed documentary makers Rainbow Collective. It follows the lives of female Bangladeshi garment workers as they organise into a union and fight for their rights. The Union highlighted: the National Garment Workers Federation [NGWF] has been a partner of War on Want for many years.

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Civilians killed in Colombia: Peace process?

22 April 2015

Civilians killed during crossfire between Colombia military forces and the FARC guerrilla in the Southwest area of the country. War on Want’s partner NOMADESC reports that despite repeated calls from communities and civil society organisations to the government and the FARC to respect International Humanitarian Law civil, casualties continue.

Many of the conflicts in North Cauca have been created and sustained because the Colombian state does not provide guarantees for respect of collective rights relating to autonomy and self-determination for Afro-descendent and indigenous communities. For over 20 years the government has systematically ignored laws and previous agreements relating to communities, which would assist in bringing peace and justice to the region. Indigenous communities have been criminalised and severely repressed when reclaiming lands taken by sugar companies.

The Colombian government has been asked to promote a bilateral cease-fire and to protect civilians to prevent further atrocities. Yet bombardment in the region has resumed leaving communities trapped in the middle of the conflict.

A petition signed by several Colombian and international organisations states:

The Colombia government and FARC must remove civilians from the armed conflict. They must respect life, territories, and the communities' own forms of organising. 

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Report Back: TTIP Day of Action

21 April 2015

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Europe at the weekend to protest at TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

European activists joined protestors around the world who came out in force to oppose the so-called ‘free trade’ deals which many rightly recognise to be corporate agreements that threaten jobs, public services and the foundations of democratic government. In total, there were some 750 separate protests in town and cities throughout the world, from Europe to Asia, to Latin America and beyond.

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TTIP and the 2015 election: where do the parties stand?

13 April 2015

The 2015 General Election is just around the corner, and the party manifestos are out. We have collected together their policies on TTIP for ease of comparison, plus links to the manifestos themselves. In the order they were published...

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Tags: campaigns | trade justice | TTIP

   

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This Changes Everything: mobilising for system change

30 March 2015

War on Want's Executive Director John Hilary spoke to the 1,000 people who attended the amazing This Changes Everything event in London on Saturday 28 March, looking at how we can build a movement for climate justice that also calls for system change. Here is what he had to say:

 

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Tags: campaigns | climate | TTIP

   

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Rights and Dignity: World Social Forum-Tunis

30 March 2015

War on Want joined thousands of people at the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis from 24th to 28th March. It is over thirteen years since the first World Social Forum took place for the first time in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Fulfilling its original purpose, the forum continues to be the space for people to gather, organise and mobilise to contest capitalism. Social movements with millions of members and individuals from all continents had the opportunity to share experiences of resistance as well as to propose alternatives to economic, financial and political systems that subjugate humans and nature. 

Around 70,000 people participating in the forum roamed around 200 workshops and many cultural events. Debates about climate change, trade, land and water struggles, illegal occupation and many more were organised by convergence alliances of movements such as La Via Campesina, World March of Women, World Forum of Fisher Peoples, trade unions from all sectors, global campaigns like the Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, and the campaign against TTIP where War on Want is an active member. 

WSF March

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Tags: corporate accountability | overseas news

   

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How TTIP will poison our food

27 March 2015

Workshop at War on Want TTIP event - March 2015

The workshop first highlighted the main impact TTIP would have on our food and how it would fundamentally contravene our demands for food sovereignty: the control over what we eat, who produces it, how and where. The packed audience then broke into small groups to discuss potential campaign actions at a local level.  Highlights from the workshop can be viewed below and on YouTube. Below is a list of useful resources highlighted during the workshop.

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Report Back: TTIP Building the Fight Back

26 March 2015

Last weekend, War on Want held its annual conference under the theme, TTIP: Building the Fightback. Attended by more than 300 people, the conference was a key moment in galvanising the broad opposition to TTIP across a range of active groups, including War on Want members, trade unions, members of 38 Degrees, Keep Our NHS Public, and Students Against TTIP (SATTIP) – which launched at the conference – among others.

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''African seeds are not yours to grab, Gates!''

23 March 2015

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This morning, War on Want joined members of the UK Food Sovereignty movement in solidarity with African family farmers to protest against the takeover of seed and agricultural markets in Africa by big corporations.

The demonstration was held in response to a secret meeting convened today by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to discuss the findings of a recent report detailing how corporations could achieve maximum gain through the privatisation of potentially lucrative seed markets across Africa.  

Neither farmers nor civil society organisations were invited to the meeting, which was held solely for private seed companies, private and government donors, and trade representatives. 

Photos credit Jess Hurd/Global Justice Now

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Viva Pacifico: an evening of music, poetry and solidarity

18 March 2015

A huge thanks to everyone who came to Saturday’s packed out Viva Pacifico event at Rich Mix, London. It was a day of performance poetry, fantastic music, and above all solidarity with the communities of Buenaventura in the Colombian Pacific. Here are the short videos which were shown during the evening, along with some photos from the afternoon’s poetry workshop and the evening event which was attended by almost 400 people.

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