Zambia, 16-20 June 2019
Please complete the online registration form for the meeting here.
Please note that participants must be able to cover their own costs unless agreed with the global secretariat. Contact Fatima Vally with any queries on logistics
The draft agenda for the gathering and logistics note will be shared with you shortly
The 2019 annual global gathering of the Fight Inequality Alliance will be in Zambia at the amazing Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation from 16-20 June. It is a Pan African centre with a strong social justice history, located in the country’s Copperbelt region.
We will be hosted by Fight Inequality Alliance Zambia for this gathering, and we hope that you will be able to join us. During the week, we will be taking action locally to support the struggles of our movement allies in the Copperbelt, so it promises to be an inspirational few days.
We are gathering because it is critical time to come together as an alliance as we continue to counter the many systemic and interlinked inequality struggles we face across the world and take better collective steps to counter the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few.
We have much to celebrate as an alliance – our global week of action in January was our most powerful yet, we have many national alliances starting to re-shape the discourse on inequality in their contexts and undertaking campaigning on inequality fighting budgets, for promises in election campaigns and much more. We are growing substantially – our collective reach and voice is more powerful than ever. And we have exciting plans ahead in our national contexts, and at the upcoming global meetings at the UN, G7 and World Bank/IMF where inequality will be high on the agenda, as well as next year’s January week of action. This is a great basis from us to build on and learn from.
However, we remain far from the just, equal and sustainable world we have come together to achieve. Wealth and power continue to concentrate in the hands of the few, and the struggles, injustices and repression faced daily by those on the frontlines of inequality across the world remain stark.
Please find below more information on the alliance and the gathering in Zambia. We hope that you will find your way to Zambia to continue this important journey together.
BACKGROUND ON THE ALLIANCE
With inequality reaching levels not seen for a century there is a need for urgent action, but there is already cause for optimism. Around the world, extraordinary people are fighting inequality - from women garment workers in Bangladeshi factories fighting for the living wage; to youth activists in Zambia fighting for mining companies to pay their fair share of tax that funds public schools and health clinics; to indigenous communities fighting to prevent fossil fuel companies destroying their land.
The Fight Inequality Alliance is growing to stand in solidarity with their struggles. It’s building an alliance to bring struggles together and go further to counter the excessive concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a small elite and achieve a just, equal and sustainable world. This meeting falls at an important time as the alliance grows in its strength to create change.
The global gathering (16-20 June) will take place near Kitwe, Zambia (a transfer will be provided from Ndola airport for the drive to the venue). Please complete the online registration form for the meeting here. You must arrive in Ndola on 16 June for transfer to the venue, and you will be ready to leave on 20 June. For participants attending the Pan African gathering directly before this meeting, Njoki will be in touch with you regarding logistics for that meeting. You do not need to register twice.
Due to budget constraints we are looking for participants to be self-funding (flights, accommodation, transfer, etc). Please do not register unless you are able to cover your costs, or have contacted the global secretariat to discuss this.
Fatima Vally will work with you individually on any logistical support you need. Please let her know if you need an invite letter for your visa. You will be responsible for ensuring your own visa requirements are met.
Please arrive in Ndola on Sunday 16 June as the meeting begins at 9am on 17 June. Departures will be from the morning of 20 June.
The global gathering will bring together existing members, those involved in convening national and regional alliances, existing networks, new organisations, artists/musicians, social movement leaders and friends who can provide challenge and support to our collective thinking from a wide range of countries.
The global gathering will:
- take action locally to add global solidarity and strength to our national allies’ demands
- set direction for the alliance for 2020 onwards (from national to regional to international level)
- build our national level alliance campaigning – learn from each other, and build on synergies
- plan for upcoming global mobilisations
- develop our ways of organising
- build stronger and more diverse relationships amongst us