Rana Plaza four years on: 'Everything has changed. We know we should not be afraid at work'

24 April 2017 - 2:45pm

Too often the voices of women garment workers in Bangladesh are marginalised or dismissed, yet women garment workers are far from hapless victims. They continue to fight every day to improve working conditions for themselves and each other. They also have a clear analysis of the problem: international brands are responsible for their exploitation, it is they who benefit from it.

Combatting arbitrary detention from the UK to Palestine

20 April 2017 - 11:15am

  • Event date: 8 May 2017 - 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Location: SOAS (room tba), 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
  • Cost: FREE event but registration required (no exceptions)

Join us for an evening of education, discussion and movement building with organisations working to combat the use of arbitrary detention, both in occupied Palestine and in the UK.

Up Front: Fighting Oppression

April 2017

Right now a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-women sentiment is taking hold. Our partners in the global South have long shown us that building movements from the ground up is key to tackling such injustice. In this edition read about the voices that must be heard in the fight against oppression, plus features on Eritrea, Western Sahara, Palestinian political prisoners and much more.

 

 

Up Front: Fighting Oppression

Fox and Trump team up to gut banking rules, risking new financial crisis

13 April 2017 - 5:00pm

The UK confirmed today that it is keen to ensure the deregulation of financial services is included in a new trade deal with the USA - a move which threatens to unpick critical banking regulations and risks triggering a new financial crisis.

War on Want takes on The Big Questions on BBC One

9 April 2017 - 11:45am

The UK government should work to uphold international law and human rights by putting human rights, workers' rights and environmental protections at the core of its trade policy. Watch War on Want's Ryvka Barnard on BBC One's The Big Questions.

Colombia's fracking boom risks deepening environmental conflicts

7 April 2017 - 4:15pm

The revelation of this fracking boom shows that while  the Colombian government talks about peace, it is threatening to deepen over 100 existing environmental conflicts related to extractive companies and their operations by opening the door to the influx of further multinationals. 

Farmer not ‘qualified’ to speak on destruction of his livelihood, says government

7 April 2017 - 11:00am

The Home Office has denied a visa to a Madagascan farmer due to speak in London about the environmental and social impact of Rio Tinto’s QMM mineral sands mine and its ‘biodiversity offset’ scheme on his community.  

Women are the Resistance: Remembering Rana Plaza

6 April 2017 - 4:15pm

  • EVENT DATE: Monday 24 April
  • TIME: 6pm – 8pm (film screening will begin at 6:30pm)
  • PLACE: Rich Mix Main Hall 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
  • COST: Free!

Join us for an evening to commemorate the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, premiering the new film: Workers Voices and a photo exhibition: Women are the Resistance.

War on Want announces new Executive Director

4 April 2017 - 9:00am

War on Want has appointed Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate at Friends of the Earth, as its new Executive Director. Asad will join the anti-poverty charity in May 2017.

El Salvador mining ban a victory for democracy over corporate greed

30 March 2017 - 11:45am

El Salvador has become the first country in the world to pass a nationwide ban on metal mining. This is a historic moment for El Salvador and for a social movement which has long demanded that the needs of the people and environment of El Salvador supersede mining industry profits.

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War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

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The women of Honduras speak out against electoral fraud

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In November, 2017, Hondurans took to the polls to elect a new president, local governors and councillors. However, far from a smooth transition into a new presidency, numerous irregularities and allegations of electoral fraud became apparent, unleashing a post-election crisis.

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