Join The Elders, the Fight Inequality Alliance, and Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity to honour grassroots efforts around the world to turn around the inequality crisis and learn how you can join the movement working to #WalkTogether to #FightInequality.
Around the world, the gap between the richest and the rest of society has reached extremes not seen in a century. The global inequality crisis is undermining efforts to end poverty, racial and class-based discrimination, advance women’s rights, defend the environment, protect human rights and democracy, prevent conflict, and promote fair and dignified employment. We have an unacceptable concentration of wealth and power in the hands of elites, whilst hundreds of millions fight to survive. Together we will raise the voices of grassroots ‘Sparks of Hope’ who are fighting the root causes of inequality, and joining together in alliance to build more equal peaceful and just societies, and identify how we can each take steps towards freedom with equality.
Gro Harlem Brundtland was the first female Prime Minister of Norway and is Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.
Hector Castañón is a consultant for UN-HABITAT México; fellow of LEAD International for sustainable development; coach at Rhize.org for grassroots leadership training and cofounder of Tómala.Mx, a cross sectoral network of civil society organizations. He is a member of the Mexican Citizen Assembly to Address Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 10 related to poverty and inequality (AO1O), which is the Mexican chapter of the Fight Inequality Alliance.
Aya Chebbi (@aya_chebbi) is an award winning pan-African feminist activist and blogger. She is the co-founder of The Voice of Women Initiative (feminist collective) and founding chair of the Afrika Youth Movement.
Ban Ki-moon is Former UN Secretary-General, former South-Korean Foreign Minister and diplomat; he sought to give voice to the world’s poorest and vulnerable people by putting Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and gender equality at the top of the UN agenda.
Graça Machel is a renowned international advocate for women and children's rights and has been a social and political activist for many decades.
Njoki Njoroge Njehu (@NjokiN3) is the Director of Solidarity Africa Network in Action and the Daughters of Mumbi Resource Center in Kenya. Prior to this, Njoki was the executve director of the 50 Years is Enough Network in Washington, D.C.
Wanda Wyporska (@WandaWyporska) is Executive Director at The Equality Trust, where she leads the work of the organisation in its mission to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing social and economic inequality.
Ernesto Zedillo is Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.
The Elders (@TheElders) are an independent group of global leaders, founded by Nelson Mandela, working together for peace and human rights. In July 2017, in partnership with civil society networks, The Elders launched the year-long #WalkTogether campaign to assert the values of empathy, compassion and solidarity in a world facing growing intolerance and polarisation.
The Fight Inequality Alliance (@FightInequalit1) is a new and growing group of leading international and national non-profit organisations, human rights campaigners, women’s rights groups, environmental groups, faith-based organisations, trade unions and social movements fighting the growing crisis of inequality. The Fight Inequality Alliance is building a global movement to counter the excessive concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a small elite and achieve a just, equal and sustainable world.
The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (@LSEInequalities) programme supports emerging social change leaders to find innovative, radical, and effective solutions to the crises of inequality around the world. The Atlantic Fellows work together as a growing, international community of dedicated and informed leaders, supporting one another to realise a radically different, more equal, future.
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