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Islamic Relief: Pushing for Social Justice

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Transcript of Islamic Relief: Pushing for Social Justice

Working for
social justice
worldwide

Pushing for social justice is key to our work tackling the
root causes
of poverty and suffering. Here are just five ways in which we are driving
positive change
worldwide.
Building peace and resolving conflict
In Yemen, conflict and violence has forced many thousands to flee their homes.

Our
culturally-grounded
peace building programme equips some of the most vulnerable communities with alternative ways of settling disputes - guided by faith teachings.
In the camps of Darfur, tensions between camp residents and local people arise over access to aid services and scarce local resources such as water.

Our work with the communities sees
reconciliation committees
involving local people as well as camp residents in decision-making - supported by specialist training in
dialogue and communication
.
Campaigning against unjust debt
Pakistan’s economy has been paralysed by an unpayable and largely unjust debt burden. The country's
poorest people pay the heaviest price
as development is strangled and pressure to make repayments continues to increase.

Teaming-up with the Jubilee Debt Campaign, we called for an immediate freeze on repayments and an audit of all debts.

We also help vulnerable people to
access jobs
. Our projects support graduates to gain work experience, and provide employment opportunities like this factory in Kosova - as well as cash-for-work in communities recovering from disasters.
Everyone has the right to economic independence and self-determination, but the world's poorest people struggle to find real routes out of poverty.

Conventional micro-finance schemes can exclude or exploit those trapped in poverty, but we provide an
ethical alternative
. In over a dozen countries, our Islamic micro-finance programmes are
empowering families
to set up or develop small businesses from which they can earn a decent living.
Enabling economic independence
Removing barriers to inclusion
In communities around the world, disabled people often face profound barriers to social justice.

We are tackling this by providing disabled people with access to
mainstream opportunities
and specialist services, in projects across the globe.
Empowering disabled people in Bangladesh disaster-risk reduction programmes
Specialist care and fun at our centres for disabled children in Egypt
Support and micro-credit for entrepreneurs in Gaza
Unlocking brighter futures
For vulnerable children, schooling is key to unlocking a brighter future. Around the world, we are pushing for all children to realise their
right to an education
. We are building and improving schools, boosting school attendance, and increasing the skills of teachers to make sure children can
achieve their potential
.
We are also improving the lives of vulnerable children with
child protection
training. A range of specialist schemes are tackling child welfare and safety issues including hazardous child labour, trafficking, as well as issues around early marriage and the need for girls to be educated.
“There is a
Sadaqa
(charity) to be given for every joint of the human body; and for every day on which the sun rises there is a reward of a
Sadaqa
for the one who establishes justice among people."
Reported saying of Prophet Mohammed
“If the debtor is in a difficulty, grant him til it is easy for him to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew.”
The Qur’an, 2:280
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