Who we are
Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world.
We mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.
The way the world currently works is unjust and unacceptable.
A few use the world’s resources to generate incredible wealth and power for themselves. Meanwhile, many millions of people are unable to access the essential resources – like food and water, housing and energy, healthcare and education – that they need to live decent lives.
Political elites have helped big business take over our resources and subvert our democracy, fuelling poverty, inequality and injustice.
It remains true that poverty and injustice are most acute in the global south, which continues to be drained of its wealth and resources. But there are deepening levels of poverty in the global north.
Financial markets, one-sided trade agreements, and privatisation all take control out of the hands of the ordinary people, especially the poorest. We campaign, produce research, make policy demands and take action to expose and confront this corporate takeover. We work with others in a global movement to build alternatives which put people before profit.
A better world is possible: a world where our resources and decisions about how they’re used lie in the hands of the many, not the few; a world where resources are available to all, not just to those who can afford them.
Popular movements are already changing the world by confronting the power of big business and providing alternatives to it – asserting democratic control over everything from food systems to energy infrastructure.
We need to make really big changes in the world. But this won’t happen overnight because power is rarely relinquished easily by those who possess it. That’s why we try to build a long-term movement for justice based on the perspectives of those resisting injustice directly. This includes:
- Amplifying the voices of groups trying to prevent the takeover of their resources;
- Forging a community for change here in the UK;
- Using the political system to control the power of big business.
All of these activities help ordinary people across the world reclaim power in their societies and make the really big changes that we call economic and social justice.
World Development Movement
In January 2015, we changed our name from the World Development Movement to Global Justice Now.
Global Justice Now is part of the international Attac network, as well as working with many like-minded organisations around the world