Equality for All
Equality is a fundamental human right for all to enjoy. It have been given special importance in the UN Human Rights Charter and is present in the Sustainable Development goals with regards to access to education, clean water, health and socio-economic growth. The term ‘equality’ blankets a lot of the basic principles needed in global communities.
Lighthouse Africa embarks on another project after ‘Stories of Kisumu’ to bring to light the voices of hope and inspiration from the youth of the African subcontinent. ‘Equality for All’ brings together those changemakers who wish to see true progress in their communities for all aspects of equality: socio-economic, gender-based, political, generational, and more!
Equality for All brings audiences a chance to delve into the mindsets of the younger generation first hand and hear their side of the narrative. What does equality mean to them? How would they like to see equal growth in their society and what drives them to keep working for a better tomorrow? Find out their stories through special podcast episodes, audio stories and video readings all revolving around the theme of equality.
“Since our childhood, we’ve heard about ‘Equality of Opportunity’ as a must-have for global communities to thrive. But what happens when that equality is not a given, as a function of where we are born, our background, race, or gender? Or any other factor that is beyond our control? Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. With our campaign, we travel across the majestic African subcontinent – one story at a time, we unravel the dire realities of socio-economic, gender, political, social, and other forms of inequality in the lives of the everyday people of Africa. Those of us at Lighthouse might not be experts on the matter, but we are allies in this movement, and we want to add our voice to the larger conversation around improving access and leveling the playing field across the globe.” – Ashitha Nayak, Founder.
As the parent organization for Lighthouse, the Melton Foundation provides funding, new avenues for collaboration, outreach and engagement for our campaigns. Melton Fellows and community members also participate as guests and supporters for Lighthouse campaigns, and we are grateful to the organization for enabling us to make our projects and campaigns a reality.
Dr. Steffen Bethmann
Executive Director, Melton Foundation
Hear short stories on equality narrated by Raymond!
Watch Cristine’s narration of inspiring stories on the theme of equality.
George Floyd by Elodie James
The World That’s Full of Inequalities by Olivia Daniels
The Good Crocodile by Stephany Gabriela
Inequality by Wistful Wanderer
Engage in interactive activities happening around the camapign in twitter space events.
A photographer from Nairobi shares images that incite equally in his view.
NGONG HILLS- Kenya
Equality is ever present in the world around us, easily identifiable within the freedom and unity of nature. In this photo series, Young Kysh shares images from the Ngong Hills in Nairobi, Kenya, showcasing a moment in time where one could sit back, take it all in and have an escape from the daily struggles amongst the rolling lands.
The photos depict the landscape and setting of the picturesque site; complete with shots of towering wind turbines– a symbol of progress and the utilization of nature’s energy. The natural equality depicted in the scene is down to the preservation of the hills by KWS, making it one of the best sites in Kenya which is free from man-made obstructions.
An aspect of social equality also comes into play when we see these photos as no matter the social class, the hills are open and welcoming of all. You can see cars or people on foot in the background as proof of frequent visits, the interaction with nature with them all a unified cause.
The hills also contribute to the promotion of economic equality because it is relatively cheap and affordable to visit. The entrance fee is 250 shillings (roughly 2 USD) which means it is very accessible to the common people. The locals take this opportunity of tourism to sell artifacts and crafts, generating income they can then use to pay for schooling and to support their families. This interaction also opens up the opportunity for the guests to learn more about the Maasai culture.
Through this photo series, the photographer chose to capture a place where equality is truly shown. A message that is reiterated with an overhead shot of the hills showing the town below, covered in the clouds which mask the differences and show only a collective population.
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