Jai Jagat is a campaign launched by the organization Ekta Parishad, an organization based in India, to culminate on the year 2020. The campaign highlights the role of minority communities across the world in taking control over land and natural resources to fight poverty.
Ekta Parishad explains “Jai Jagat actually means VICTORY OF THE WORLD. That is very close to the concept of Sarvodaya (‘well being of all’) that was given by Mahatma Gandhi. The underlying principle is that, if there is a victory then it should be the victory of our common humanity not the victory of one nation over another. The victory should also be based on the victory of living commodiously together, and of people coexisting with nature. If the victory is for everyone and for everything, then this is the best. A modern world needs to imbibe these new values, the values of Jai Jagat and Gandhi’s notion of Sarvodaya.”
The essence of this campaign was visible in the five-day International Conference on Women’s Public Leadership in the Pursuit of Peace held on March 23 to 27, 2017 at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo, Rizal.The conference was organized by Ekta Parishad and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
The conference addressed the issues of Women Public Leadership in the Pursuit of Peace by Irene Santiago, GRP chair of the implementing panel of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission; Non-violent Conflict Resolution in the Gandhian Tradition by Jill Carr-Harris (USA). There were also Case studies on non-violent remedies for ethnic, political and communal violence which had representatives from Thailand, Cambodia and India sharing insights, and; Case studies on non-violent action regarding land grabbing, resource extraction and agricultural industrialization with women from Cambodia, Kyrgyztan and India leading the discussions.
Speaking on women’s involvement in public spaces, Santiago said that “only social movements can bring about social change” and the women who were effective in peace had all come from movements. She also felt that “if by tradition, women and girls are tasked to set the family dining table, then another table has been put up to which can be attributed some of the successful stages of the talks, the peace table is set-up and put into strategic position by the women themselves.”
The highlight of the second day was the role of women in preventing violence and their contribution as peace makers.
Mosarrat Quadeem of Bangladesh, and Amina Rasul from Phillipines explained the situation of violent extremism in their respective situations and how local women were tackling it.
Former Gabriela partylist Representative Luz C. Ilagan also gave the long history of struggle of women and their important role in peacebuilding.
Mags Maglana, who facilitated the conference, it was a moment where “all incredible women (are) together in this incredible space at this incredible time.”
The conference was attended by 11 international participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Kyrgyztan, India, Switzerland and USA and 15 Muslim and indigenous peoples representative from the Philippines.
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