Campaign for Solidarity
The campaign began in July 2022 and was created to promote action and acts of solidarity within the Welsh general public and increasing awareness of the role of the Wales Africa community of furthering Global Solidarity. This campaign is FCDO funded.
What does Global Solidarity mean to us in Wales and how can we do it better?
Research commissioned by Hub Cymru Africa tracking the public’s engagement with global poverty and sustainable development has found that Wales is more engaged than the rest of Great Britain. 22% of the Welsh public are considered ‘Purposively Engaged’, compared with only 19% in the rest of Great Britain.
Other notable statistics include that the Welsh public are 11% more likely to to engage with global poverty by discussing it with friends, family or others. They are also more ethically and sustainably minded with 3% more likely to purchase or boycott goods based on the product or company’s engagement with global poverty.
63% of Welsh people are concerned or very concerned about levels of poverty in poor countries and 58% think we should keep or increase our current aid budget. Support has risen significantly since cuts to the aid budget in April 2021, from 44% in January 2021 to 57% in June 2022.
Podcast 1: Emina Redzepovic, Campaign Coordinator for The Case for Global Solidarity, is joined by her Hub Cymru Africa colleague Claire O’Shea, Head of Partnership, who commissioned YouGov and the Development Engagement Lab to conduct the research.
Podcast 2: Claire O’Shea, Head of Partnership at Hub Cymru Africa, is joined by Aileen Burmeister, Head of Fair Trade Wales, to discuss the importance of Fairtrade amidst a changing climate and a cost of living crisis.
Podcast 3: Emina Redzepovic, Campaign Coordinator for The Case for Global Solidarity, is joined by SSAP Youth Leadership Network Officer and social justice activist Billy Mazoya, and SSAP Project Coordinator, textile designer and climate justice activist Ophelia Dos Santos. They discuss Hub Cymru Africa’s commissioned research into levels of engagement in Wales with global solidarity, how it compares with their own lived experiences, and the role that social networks can play.
Claire O’Shea, Head of Partnership at Hub Cymru Africa, delivered a live webinar to introduce some highlights of its findings and take questions from members of the global solidarity sector.
Welsh Global Solidarity – The Objects That Connect Us
Exhibition: November 1st – 15th
Location: Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, Cardiff CF11 7LJ
This pop up exhibition provides a snapshot of Welsh engagement with global solidarity, cultural, political and social issues over the years.
Showcasing the heritage of Welsh global solidarity with objects that uncover the many stories, contributions and campaigns, expressed through artefacts and visual arts that bring these histories to life.
The items include the 6ft Idris the dragon puppet from the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign, the 1923 Women’s Peace Appeal memorial document of a petition signed by almost 400,000 Welsh women and a handmade woven textile from ‘Refugee Journeys’ made in Menai Bridge.
To coincide with this exhibition about our global connections, Hub Cymru Africa interviewed Eid Ali Ahmed, who arrived in Cardiff as a refugee from Somaliland in 1987. Three years later, he helped to found the Welsh Refugee Council on the same day that Nelson Mandela was released from prison. More recently, he has worked with researchers from Cardiff University to address the role of diaspora communities and informal trade in stimulating Somaliland’s post-conflict economy.
Event: Can we really make a difference? Boycott, Buy, Support
We hosted a panel discussion on the theme of Solidarity, asking “Can we really make a difference?” in November as part of the Ethical Festive Market.
Four panellists spoke about their top consumer tips on who to Support, where to Buy, and what to Boycott, and answered audience questions. Giving simple actions we can take to tackle inequality, injustices, and climate change.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne Marie Bonneau.