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“Jai Jagat” : On the Move for Justice and Peace
Update on the Jai Jagat 2020 Campaign
Article published on 22 May 2018
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Thousands of marchers committed to nonviolent change all over the World will march from India, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, Mali, Senegal, Spain and other countries to Geneva (Switzerland). They will meet in Geneva between September 25th and October 3rd, 2020, in the city that symbolizes peaceful coexistence and that is home to many UN organizations. Geneva city and canton have both agreed to welcome the marchers for a week-long People’s Action Forum to facilitate the dialogue about the conflicts and issues that local people worldwide are facing as a result of a violent, inequitable economy, polarizing politics and an accelerating arms race that is making peace a distant dream.

“Jai Jagat”: The Vision
Jai Jagat means "Victory to an Inclusive and Peaceful World" where no one is left behind —no person, no group, no nation, no individual. Jai Jagat is working towards a new global model of bottom-up development, certain that greater social, political, economic, and ecological inclusion is the only way to achieve peace and the foundation for a just way of living together.

The Jai Jagat campaign is built on the legacy of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, the suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst the environmentalist Rachel Carson and many others. Just as each of them used nonviolent strategies in uniting people globally, especially for those whose rights had been deprived. Nonviolence originated in their individual commitment and led them to fight for justice while sowing the seeds of peace.

Jai Jagat also comes out of the contemporary experience of an Indian people’s movement, known as Ekta Parishad (Unity Forum) that has been widely acclaimed for its long marches that bring together the poorest and most marginalized people to challenge existing power relations, and those press governments for policy change through nonviolent action. (www.ektaparishad.com).

Nonviolence as a Citizen’s Choice.. #Bethechange
Active nonviolence is a choice for every citizen. Most people want peace, but in an oppressive and conflict-ridden society, this can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Choosing nonviolent conflict resolution in the family, community, workplace, and society helps to break the cycle of meeting violence with violence and to create nonviolent strategies for change. #Bethechange expresses the choice that all of us as individuals help create a peaceful and sustainable world.

Jai Jagat 2020– The Campaign– www.jaijagat2020.org

People are encouraged to move…to march and to use different channels, such as art, music, drama, social networking, literature, journalism, and education, to counter the violence of politics and the media, with nonviolent and positive action.

It is those at the bottom of the socio-economic hierarchy that are key in the Jai Jagatcampaign –people from indigenous communities, socially discriminated groups; small farmers and landless communities; refugees and those in war zones; the ecologically displaced.

The focus of the Geneva action and the marches in 2019-2020 will be on young people who will bring forward the grievances of the most marginalized, with the aim of finding constructive ways to address and engage with the United Nations organizations for creating a more peaceful and just world.

The four areas of constructive engagement with people and the United Nations are:
(1) reducing poverty,
(2) decreasing social exclusion,
(3) improving ecological sustainability, and
(4) halting conflict and violence.

The United Nations agreed in 2015 to pursue Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that re-introduce people, not profits as the center of international development. It sets 17 targets to be reached by 2030, for all 193 countries that are signatories. While Jai Jagat values each of the SDGs, we realize that unless people at the grassroots are consulted by their Governments and the civil society gets involved in realizing the SDGs, these goals will not be made concrete and will not be implemented. It requires people’s bottom-up engagement and problem-solving that will lead to sustainable solutions.

How You Can Be Involved….

Organizations and individuals that share the vision of the Jai Jagat Campaign are welcome to self-organize and engage in the following activities.

· Volunteer and join an action in your country.
· Share: stories and cases about bottom-up nonviolent actions.
· Advocate for policy change.
· Join one of the marches and you can get more information by writing to contact@jaijagat2020.org.
· Join the Geneva action in 2020.
· Donate to the Jai Jagat campaign.
· Connect to others networks and social media channels.
· Join the virtual marches.

For more information contact the Information and Communication Hub (ICH) at ichjaijagat2020@gmail.com to share your action with others:

Contacts:
Website: www.jaijagat2020.org
Email: ichjaijagat2020@gmail.com,
contact@jaijagat2020.org
Facebook: jaijagat2020

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