Give Your Vote - to someone in Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Ghana

It's the eve of the UK election, you’ve just received a text from Salma Jahani in Kabul. She wants you to vote for the Liberal Democrats. And you weren’t even going to vote...



Pic of text message from Afghanistan

In our global village, decisions made in the UK parliament can have a big impact far from our own shores. When we complain that our political parties are all the same, that voting changes nothing, we’re missing the vital perspective of vulnerable people in developing nations. People whose livelihoods can be destroyed by the stroke of a pen in an anonymous office in Whitehall. If we really believe in democracy, shouldn’t those people have a say over who is in charge of their future?

Give Your Vote will give people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana the chance to vote in the UK elections.

How? From 15th March, you - the UK voter - can give your vote at www.giveyourvote.org and someone in Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Ghana can use it to get answers from UK parliamentary candidates on the issues that affect them, and ultimately decide who to vote for.

On the eve of the election, Give Your Vote UK participants will receive a text message asking them to cast these votes. The decision isn’t made by a charity or an NGO who think they know what’s best for the developing world, but by the individuals who have to live with the consequences.

May Abdalla, one of the volunteers organising Give Your Vote said:

"Give Your Vote is challenging the limits of democracy by taking partcipation beyond borders, shaking up an uninspiring election, and making your vote count."

Why Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana?

There are 9,000 British soldiers in Afghanistan. Decisions about the deployment of troops, engagement with the Taliban and aid distribution directly affect the people of Afghanistan. These decisions are often made in Westminster.

“Democracy to me means being able to be a part of what is happening in my country. Who is making the decisions in Afghanistan, why can I not elect them?” - Reza Khateb, Youth worker in Kabul

It is estimated that up to 1000 people a day are being displaced in Bangladesh as a direct result of climate change. As a nation with a big responsibility for causing climate change, and a global leader in pursuing climate solutions, the UK has the ability to make a significant impact on the future of Bangladesh.

"I know that this island is sinking because of the pollution from Western countries - I do not want our villages and our voices to disappear unheard." - Atique Chowdhary, coastal worker on Bhola, an island off the coast of Bangladesh

Government-subsidised UK produce exported to Ghana undercuts local produce putting Ghanaian farmers out of business. They’re not just in competition with UK farmers, they’re in competition with the UK government, and that’s not a fair competition.

“With one hand we receive aid with the other we are dealt laws we cannot change – we want a voice not pity” – Philip Ayamba, Sustainable Farmer, Bolgatanga, Ghana

For further details, please contact our media team on +44 7768 553 982

press@egalitynow.org

www.egalitynow.org

www.giveyourvote.org.

Notes to Editors:

- Give Your Vote is a campaign run by Egality – a transnational network of individuals with a core vision: a world where everyone has an equal say in the decisions that affect them

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