In the second of a series of blogs introducing speakers, organisers and participants behind the Hungry for change conference on 10 November, Sarah Montgomery – who works on CAFOD’s food policy – tells us about her admiration for Nelson Mandela, Mexican food and the power of campaigning.
What’s your job? Economic justice policy analyst at CAFOD.
What inspired you to start campaigning? Growing up and living in South Africa I have seen the long term effects that poverty and inequality can have on people’s lives. From an early age I have wanted to work towards justice and development. Moving to the UK and working at CAFOD has allowed me to channel my long term passion into my work. Working on Hungry for change has been an excellent opportunity to get involved in campaigning first hand.
What’s your favourite food? Most food is a favourite of mine! Growing up, I would ask my mum to make Mexican Tacos for pretty much every birthday meal – they are still a firm favourite!
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18? That I don’t know everything… that that’s okay… and that learning is part of the journey and part of the fun.
What’s the main message you’ll be bringing to the conference? That we’re all part of the food system… and so a broken system works in no one’s favour. The reasons for and repercussions of this broken food system are varied and complex; it’s worth spending some time looking into and learning about how these many different things interact with and affect each other.
What do you hope to learn while you are there? To get to know some of CAFOD’s campaigners and to hear about their motivations for campaigning.
How far will you be travelling to get to the conference? From London
Who is your hero? Nelson Mandela – a real life example of what it means to work towards what’s right and of living out reconciliation and forgiveness.
How does your faith influence your campaigning? My faith drives my interest in international development and campaigning. It is the call which prompts me to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable, the weakest and the oppressed and to have the courage and motivation to be a voice of truth to those with power.
Tell us something about you that not many people know. Growing up, I had three sheep as pets.