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Justice 2015: A Campaign Narrative for Accountability and Equality

Building on the 2013 GCAP Global Assembly -  with an eye on the formation of a just Post-2015 sustainable development framework - GCAP activists have collaborated on a narrative for a broad-based people's campaign for equality.  

"Justice 2015" proposes 15 Solutions for 2015 to hold governments, international institutions and the private sector to account.  This Campaign Narrative will provide a foundation for GCAP and related civil society actions in the year ahead, including activities that are part of Global Moves for Justice 2015.

"We will campaign for a world where our economies create prosperity for all and not a select few, where extreme income inequality is overcome, governments, people and the private sector respect the rights and dignity of all people and treasure the planet so that it will be habitable for current and future generations," GCAP notes in the introduction to the narrative.

We must address the current context of obscene inequality if the world is to truly eliminate poverty and enable a life of dignity for all. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, 'we have enough for everybody's need, but not enough for everybody's greed'.

Not long ago, Pope Francis built on this theme, noting that “inequality is the root of social ills” and adding that issues of poverty need to be “radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality.”

And in an age when data is often trumpeted as a solution, rather than a tool, GCAP Ambassador and former co-chair Adelaide Sosseh reminds us to look beyond the numbers because “a poor girl from an ethnic minority in a dispersed rural area with uneducated parents is lost in the national statistics.  A just world system," she writes "would listen to her voice. However girls and women rarely have a say in whether they should go to school or not.”   

Nelson Mandela, who accompanied GCAP's launch in 2005, told anti-poverty campaigners that "Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.  YOU can be that great generation.  Let your greatness blossom."

Let's heed the words of Mandela and work together in the time ahead to make the 15 Solutions for 2015 a reality.

You can read the full text of "Justice 2015" here.

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