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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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First International Forum on Agroecology - "Agroecology is in our hands! We are the answer!’’

04 March 2015

mali-agroecologyMore than 200 people, women and men from across the world – peasant and family farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous people, pastoralists, rural workers, and urban people – gathered last week at the Nyéléni Centre in Mali for the first International Forum on Agroecology. They affirmed with one voice that agroecology, as practised for millennia by millions of people and communities, is the unique answer to the current agricultural model, which has made the world more vulnerable and has resulted in severe crises in the environment, climate, food, and public health.

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Glean to Feed - Real Junk Food Project - food for you at #TTIPFightback

03 March 2015

We're honoured to have the Real Junk Food Project Manchester provide lunch for our participants at our national gathering on TTIP in Central Hall on Saturday 21 March.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for those in need on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis. They are currently running pop-up events while they get their cafe in Manchester City Centre set up.RJF-logo-500px

5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food. Yet in Britain alone an estimated 15 million tonnes of food wasted from the plough to the plate. Read more food waste facts here

War on Want is a proud supporter of the global food soveriegnty movement. We are really happy to have RJFP at our event!

Our conference is free and open to all but please register now.

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South African shack dweller movement's plea for their humanity to be recognised and fulfilled

27 February 2015

This week South African shack dweller movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo were invited to testify at the South African Human Rights Commission hearings on access to housing, local government and service delivery. In their testimony, Abahlali made an impassioned plea to the Commission for the ANC-led government to treat people like human beings, with dignity. They said that the reason they protest is because it is a call for their humanity to be recognised and fulfilled. The movement, which this year celebrates 10 years of its existence, has a membership of 11,000 representing 22 branches in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

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TTIP and the NHS: don't be fooled by new BBC 'leak'

27 February 2015

The BBC has just published a 'leaked' copy of the EU's initial services offer in the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), along with a new UK government 'reassurance' that the NHS can be protected from the EU-US deal. War on Want's Executive Director John Hilary has written the following rebuttal for 38 Degrees members in advance of their weekend action to Save the NHS.

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Report Back: Has Capitalism Killed Fashion?

25 February 2015

On Saturday 21 February, War on Want and Brick Lane debates held a day of workshops, debates, films, spoken word, DIY & craftivism, speed debating, & theatre around the question 'Has Capitalism Killed Fashion?' It was a remedy to London Fashion Week which was taking place around London

Click the title to hear more about what took place.

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The reality behind UNIQLO's corporate social responsibility promises

23 February 2015

Excessive overtime, low pay, dangerous working conditions, punitive and oppressive management style.

In a new report SACOM reveals the sweatshop practices and labour rights violations belying UNIQLO’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) promises. UNIQLO is a rising superstar in the global fast fashion scene with 861 stores worldwide – including an increasing number in the UK. It is already Asia’s biggest apparel company and Forbes predicts it to pass H&M and Inditex to become the world’s largest clothing company.  Tadashi Yanai, the founder and CEO of Fast Retailing, of which UNIQLO is a subsidiary, was ranked as Japan’s wealthiest man by Forbes in 2013, with a net worth of USD 15.5 billion.

UNIQLO also has a high Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) profile with a Code of Conduct and CSR reports that give the impression of transparency, a careful selection of suppliers, limits on overtime work, a commitment to freedom of association and close monitoring of working conditions. However, undercover investigations by SACOM have found systematic and large-scale labour rights violations in two factories producing for UNIQLO, documented in a report that unveils a completely different reality, with workers producing UNIQLO clothes toiling under inhumane conditions.

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Storify: The #NoTTIP Train to Brussels

17 February 2015

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Tax Dodging Bill Campaign

26 January 2015

logo yellowWar on Want has teamed up withover 15 other organisations to campaign for a new law, a Tax Dodging Bill, to help make tax fair.

War on Want has long put a spotlight on companies like Alliance Boots; which together dodge billions of pounds in tax every year.

These corporate parasites suck out profits and leave the rest of society paying the price wherever they operate. They won’t be stopped until the rules are changed. Empty rhetoric won’t do the job.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with over 15 other organisations and to call for a new law, a Tax Dodging Bill, to help make tax fair.

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