Justice and equality
Quakers' work in justice and equality has taken many forms over the years. Look on the back of a five pound note and you'll see the Quaker Elizabeth Fry who was an early prison reformer. Quakers also played a large part in the abolition of the British slave trade.
British Quakers' interests in social justice don't just relate to inequalities in Britain. Take for example our support of Ekta Parishad. Ekta Parishad is a movement of around 11,000 community based organisations which uses nonviolent means to bring about social change.Quakers in Britain have supported Ekta Parishad for a number of years and have delivered training on nonviolence with them through our Turning the Tide programme.
In 2007 Rajagopal, president of Ekta Parishad, led Janadesh 2007. Walking for nearly a month, 25,000 people covered 340kms to Delhi where a government minister met them and promised a new panel would create policies, guide states and monitor land distribution. Changes were made.
“Poor people asserting themselves in a nonviolent way, was the key to success,” says Rajagopal. Now Rajagopal is exploring nonviolent ways of mobilising ordinary people marginalised in failing economies and offers the movement as a global model.
- To find out more about Etka Parishad please go to www.ektaparishad.com.
- To find out more about injustice in economies and how you can become involved in addressing these please go to our Economic Justice pages.