Register your interest: UK-based inequality activists needed for short film
Are you a passionate activist campaigning against inequality in the UK? Are you concerned about rising inequality and taking action in your community to fight against it?
We're looking for a diverse range of activists from across the UK to be a part of a short film we're producing to put pressure on our national leaders as progress on reducing inequality is reviewed at the UN's High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) this July.
This year, the UN will bring together national leaders to review global progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 10, which is to reduce inequality within and between countries. The UK will also be presenting its Voluntary National Review, which evaluates the country's progress towards the all 17 global goals.
We are concerned about the UK's progress towards achieving SDG 10 both domestically and in its global contribution through international development and overseas aid.
We know that 44% of the UK’s wealth is owned by just 10% of the population, which is five times the total wealth held by the poorest half. Moreover, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty confirmed that inequality in the UK is a political choice stating that "...resources were available to the Treasury at the last budget that could have transformed the situation of millions of people living in poverty, but the political choice was made to fund tax cuts for the wealthy instead".
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We're producing a short film featuring frontline inequality organisers sharing stories of their lives and raising their issues and solutions to extreme inequality in the UK.
This film is being supported by the Fight Inequality Alliance. Activists in Kenya, Mexico and the Philippines will also be sharing their stories, concerns and solutions to the issue of rising inequality both within their countries and between countries internationally. Activists will also talk about how they are organising within their context.
The film will be screened at UN HLPF side-events in Brussels and New York and shared online via The Equality Trust and global social media.
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
If you are an activist who is campaigning on income and wealth inequality, work, wages, education, privatisation, gender inequality, housing, climate, disability, mental health, or any related topic - we'd like to hear from you.
You will be telling the story of how you/your community are affected by inequality, how people are campaigning for to change this (locally and nationally), and providing a more radical narrative and story about how change will happen.
By contributing to the film, you would be expected to explore the following topics:
- What is rising inequality like? How is it experienced (by yourself and people you know)? What do you think the causes are? Do you have any stories that highlight this well?
- How big the gap is between the 1% and the rest of society and why that matters to you/your community?
- How are people coming together to create a bigger change and why?
- What do the you want the government to do and what are they not doing now?
Filming will take place on the w/c 17th June.
You may be required to travel to a nearby location for the filming. Any travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed by The Equality Trust.
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What issue/s do you campaign on?
Economic inequality (e.g. wages, work, wealth)
Social inequality (e.g. racism, sexism, ableism)
Education (e.g. schools, universities and social mobility)
Housing and/or homelessness
Poverty (e.g. food, fuel, debt, children and young people)
Social security/welfare (e.g. pensions, benefits)
Public services (e.g. health, education)
Climate and environment
Physical health and disability
Mental health and wellbeing
Please provide some more detail about the kind of activism you do
Please (briefly) summarise how you would answer the questions outlined above [these can be found under the section 'What we're looking for']
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