03 February 2003

New MAYC World Action worker appointed to spearhead trade justice campaign

MAYC World Action has appointed Lizzie Jeans as its new World Action Development Worker to run its new trade justice campaign.

Lizzie previously worked at People & Planet, (the student campaigning organisation - formerly Third World First) and freelanced for Oxfam and Christian Aid. She has also worked in Cameroon. She graduated from Sheffield University in Politics in 2000.

Lizzie said: "I'm delighted to be working on the campaign. There is so much potential in MAYC World Action and the success of previous campaigns shows that young people really can make a difference". 

"World Action is vital - we have huge power in challenging the causes of poverty. More than 26 million people worldwide joined together in the Jubilee 2000 campaign (of which MAYC World Action's Life or Debt campaign was part) and succeeded in cancelling over £60 billion of poor countries' debt. This was a massive victory, but we must continue to challenge the system that forces nations into poverty - the way we trade.

"Trade rules are biased in favour of the richest nations and largest multi-national companies. If these rules are not rewritten, the gap between rich and poor countries will continue to grow, and the injustice and instability in the world will worsen."

Details of the World Action trade justice campaign, including a resource pack for youth groups and supporters, are to be launched in March.

Lizzie Jeans can be contacted at World Action, 25 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5JR. Tel: 0207 467 5197.

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