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The Equity & Sustainability Field Hearings are an unprecedented global phenomenon. Never before have so many marginalized communities around the world been able to speak out collectively. From displaced farmers in China to waste-pickers in India; from slum-dwellers in war-torn Congo to indigenous tribes in Burundi; from unemployed youth in Portugal to inner city residents in the US: their voices are influencing policy.
Working with local partners in over 80 countries, Initiative for Equality (IfE) is building relationships, engaging in discussions, and conducting Field Hearings in very poor or socially excluded communities to bring their voices into the global conversation. We ask community members about the social, economic and political problems they experience, what they think the causes are, and their ideas for solutions. Then we bring their voices forward to influence the Sustainable Development Goals and other decision-making processes. For too long these communities have been sidelined and their perspectives ignored. Now, IfE is bringing everyone to the table in the search for an equitable and sustainable future.
The act of holding these conversations is powerful and moving. Rural villagers in Malawi cried when they told us no one had ever before asked them what they thought. At a meeting in Kyrgyzstan, people were still talking after seven hours. In a sprawling shantytown outside Johannesburg, community members said that their Field Hearing gave them hope that they could come together and figure out how to help find enough food and public safety for everyone. When our partner in Afghanistan was forced to drop out due to increasing conflict, within one hour a partner in Pakistan had stepped forward to conduct Field Hearings among Afghan refugees on their side of the border. Our local partners are committed, dedicated, and determined to give these communities a voice.
IfE’s Field Hearings are game-changing because inequality isn’t just about social or economic status; it’s also about inequalities of voice and power - and we are changing that. But the Field Hearings are only the first step in a broader strategy for change. IfE is also working on projects to increase economic and social equality, providing platforms for partners to develop global advocacy strategies, and linking interested communities with the expertise and resources to start their own cooperative or community-owned businesses. Find out more about those projects at our web-site, then stay tuned to find out how you can help turn voices into action.
Please join with us! We urgently need your donation to keep our Field Hearings project going strong. Donate to IfE (through our fiscal sponsor, FJC) on this page. Then see how you can get involved with IfE here: https://www.initiativeforequality.org/.
Thank you so much! We look forward to working together with you for a more equitable world!
With warm regards,
Deborah S. Rogers
President, IfE (Initiative for Equality)