Jai Jagat: Marching for peace throughout Belgium 1
Description: The initiative Jai Jagat started with the Indian population movement Ekta Parishad, known for its long marches that bring together the landless peasants, poor people, the marginalized, in order to challenge the relations of power within society. In Belgium, the campaign Jai Jagat is organized as an itinerant forum, walking from farm to farm, meet alternative places, field associations. It will start July 1st from Brussels and will head to different places in France in order to rejoin in Geneva Sept. 25th 2020. Several associations and towns support this march: everyday there will be exchange to elaborate advocacy that will be brought to Geneva. It will take one month and crossing of almost 30 towns, beforearriving 31 July 2020 in Avioth, in south Belgium.
Type of Work: The march will take place in different places in Wallonia and will visit different projects that are active in the urban agriculture field, eco-feminism, agro ecology, sobriety, theatre, solidarity with poor people and with migrants. This aims to be a march of individual, collective and social transformation. Volunteers will logistically supervise the march in Belgium: by assembling and disassembling tents, supporting the kitchen team, installing dry toilets and a mobile kitchen, loading and unloading of vans,…. The work will be done mainly in the morning and in the evening. Volunteers will have free time to discover different places, but they could also march some days if they wish to. Every evening, they will be invited to participate in the debates and presentations.
Study Theme: The project questions what factor causes poverty, social and cultural exclusion, destruction of nature and how to eliminate the mechanisms that create them. Discussion about building peace and non-violence. The campaign Jai Jagat lays on the experiences of leaders such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and others. While everyone uses non-violent strategies to unite people from all over the world, specifically those whose rights were taken away, the non-violence became part of their personal action and brought them to fight for justice while sowing the seeds of peace
Accommodation: In tent (provided by the partner). A solution will be provided in case of bad weather (spending the night in a building). Bring your mattress and your sleeping bag.
Language: Some knowledge of French is requested in order to have exchanges with the walkers and to take part in the debates.
Requirements: The work will be quite physical. To be interested in the topics. Two projects lasting two weeks and a half to cover the march are offered. It is possible to do one of them, both or one project only together with a part of the march.
Approximate Location: The march will start from Molenbeek in Brussels and will go through Ixelles, Etterbeek, Wattermael-Boisfort and then will stop in different places in Wallonia: Huldenberg Leuven, Grez-Doiceau, Beauvechain, Jodoigne, Perwez, Fernelmont, Namur. See project Jai Jagat 4.2, if you want to participate to as a volunteer or as a walker (in this case financial contribution for your food will be asked).
Notes: Afterwards, there will be the possibility to continue towards Geneva, in order to take part in the international week JAI JAGAT from Sept. 26th to Oct. 3rd, together with walkers from New Delhi (one march started in Delhi last October 2nd 2019) and other countries (Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, England, France, Germany) . One huge forum bringing together all the participants and the population of Geneva, will present at the ONU the developed program during the marches, for a new way of development to push the United Nations to act for justice and peace throughout the world.