Why take action in the UK?

War on Want recognises that poverty is political. We know that decisions made by politicians in rich countries can mean life or death for people in the developing world. And more often than not, siding with big business has meant continued poverty, conflict and injustice for the world’s poor.

We know that we have the power to reshape the global landscape - to ensure that people across the world can live in justice and peace. The only sustainable way to tackle poverty is to look at the roots of why people are poor in the first place, and make decision makers accountable for the realities they create. Most poverty is about politics, not natural disasters. We all need to use the power at our disposal to change the way the world works. 

War on Want is part of a global movement fighting for a fairer world. Citizens in powerful countries like the UK have the power to pressurise big business and politicians to make decisions which will move a great effect on those affected by globalisation, war and the quest for profit. By taking targeted action, we can and do affect change

You can make a difference. Through your student union, society, trade union branch or just by yourself, you can take action and support those in developing countries who are struggling for their rights.

Don’t stand for exploitation and injustice, for war and conflict. Stand for people, for equality, for human rights. Stand with us.

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