Launch of the Jai Jagat global march

Friday, 27th September 2019

A launch event for the Jai Jagat global march will take place in Rome on Wednesday 2 October 2019 at the Department of Political Science, University of Roma Tre. Address: Via Chiabrera 199 - 3 p.m. Classroom 2B Presentation of the Jai Jagat Global March

Jai Jagat ("victory of the world") is a 10,000 kilometre-long global march for peace and justice that will start on October 2, 2019 from New Delhi (India), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It will cross through sixteen countries to reach Geneva (Switzerland) on 25 September 2020, World Peace Day. The main aim of this initiative, supported by hundreds of organizations and associations around the world, is to raise interest and awareness on important issues of our times, including peace, justice, environmental emergency, poverty, and the empowerment of women and young people.

The march is supported by hundreds of organisations and associations around the world, including Oxfam, Quakers, International Land Coalition, Actionaid, World Forum Democracy, Civicus, Crid, Center for Global Nonkilling, Poor People’s Campaign, Asian NGO Coalition, Christian AID, IPB, Ekta Europe, Cesci, Alternatiba Léman, Action Village India, Forum Démocratique Mondial, Hem e Gandhi International, II World March for Peace and Nonviolence, Tavolo della Pace, Associazione Montessori, and Pangea-Niente Troppo.

The Department of Political Science of the Roma Tre University is hosting the exclusive national launch of this important event in parallel with the rest of the world. In collaboration with the International Land Coalition (ILC), Roma Tre welcomes and supports the event through the work done by a group of students of the Sociology of Communication course who created the social media campaign of Jai Jagat Italy.

The Jai Jagat campaign is based on the vision of ahimsa (nonviolence) that guides the popular movement at the heart of this initiative: Ekta Parishad (Unity Forum). This Gandhian organization, representing more than ten million farmers throughout India, uses long marches that bring together the poorest and most marginalized people to challenge existing power relationships and induce governments to change policies based on nonviolence.

The march will arrive in Italy on July 25th and will pass through various cities and towns, including Ancona, Assisi, Rome, Arezzo, Florence, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Brescia, and Milan. Since the march will cross the countries currently involved in armed conflict and to ensure the safety of participants, the core of the march will be fifty people. Along the route, local committees will organize events and non-violence training on a daily basis, practicing non-violence for the entire year of the march. The strategy will be to create connections and cooperation between people through different channels, such as art, music, theater, social media, literature, journalism and education.

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