Lucknow: We live in an unequal world, where the rich see exponential growth in wealth while the poor stagnate at their level or may see a marginal increase. The Fight Against Inequality Alliance is an international coalition of civil society organizations, activists, and individuals committed to fighting inequality and promoting social justice, focusing on the "Tax the Rich" campaign. The campaign is active in 35 countries.
“We are mobilizing in over 35 countries across the world. We build the strength of our national alliances. We leverage our collective voice and demands nationally, regionally, and globally so that the demands and actions of people on the frontlines of inequality are driving change,” reads the website of the organization.
In India, the Fight Inequality Alliance has been fine-tuned to suit the Indian problem, and therefore, the provision of caste discrimination has been added.
The Fight Inequality Alliance India 2023 is a coalition of more than 70 organizations with the common goal of mobilizing various communities, particularly those most affected by inequality in Indian society. In India, The National Youth Equity Forum (NYEF) and NCC-EBL (National Campaign Committee for the Eradication of Bonded Labour) are supporting the campaign against inequality.
The NYEF is a national collective of Dalit (SCs), Adivasi (STs), nomadic tribes (NTs/DNTs), socially excluded Muslims, and other marginalized youth-led state collectives/forums. The Delhi Youth Education Forum, Uttar Pradesh Youth Forum, and Bihar Ambedkar Student Forum are the state collectives of NYEF, which organize Yuva Janmat .
NYEF believes that discrimination is the root cause of inequality in India. Ajit Shekhar, co-founder of the Uttar Pradesh Youth Equity Forum, says, “Through Yuva Janmat, the campaign sensitizes the people via public meetings, street plays, and dramas that address inequality-related social issues such as caste-based discrimination. We also highlight issues such as corruption, inaccessibility of services, the digital divide, and discrimination based on various aspects of inequality.
“We have added discrimination to the inequality; the inequality in India impacts 90% of Dalits, Adivasis in India,” said Abhishek, the campaign manager of the Fight Inequality Alliance, which is working for the alliance in India. He says, “We are mobilizing youths in 100 districts through the Yuva Janmat campaign. The aim is to sensitize the people about the campaign and discrimination.
Abhishek says, “Our initial purpose is that the campaign attains a certain degree of visibility, and for this, we are connecting to people from around 100 districts. We have engaged with community-led organizations across these districts. Coming December 19th, we are planning to organize a session in New Delhi, where the various social-political aspects of inequality will be discussed. Through this session, NYEF plans to bring more than 100 community-led organizations to one stage, so that later they are able to run the campaign themselves.