In the fifth of a series of blogs introducing speakers, organisers and participants behind the Hungry for change conference on 10 November, CAFOD’s Anne Lindsay shares how her mum – and joining the Jubilee 2000 human chain - inspired her to start campaigning.
What’s your job? I’m CAFOD’s lead analyst on the private sector, looking at the impacts that companies have around the world and especially in the countries where our partners work.
What inspired you to start campaigning? I took part in the Human Chain at the Drop the Debt event for the G8 in Birmingham in 1998. It was a fantastic day and we travelled there with people of all ages from different churches in South London.
What’s your favourite food? That’s a really hard question as I love cooking and eating out. I do really like a kind of fruit loaf called gache that you can get in Guernsey. Living in Tooting, I’m also very fond of curries.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18? It’s never too early to sign up for an allotment.
What’s the main message you’ll be bringing to the conference? That businesses play a vital role in our food system. Because of that power, it’s important that governments ensure that transnational companies are open and accountable for their activities as well. Global supply chains reach around our world now – we mustn’t lose sight of the people who work in them.
What do you hope to learn while you are there? I want to hear what supporters in the parishes think about the themes of Hungry for Change and what questions they are asking about how we can act to make our global food system fairer.
How far will you be travelling to get to the conference? More than 5,670 miles – I’ll be coming back visiting partners in Colombia and Mexico for the conference.
Who is your hero? My mum who was a dedicated campaigner for justice all her life.
How does your faith influence your campaigning? My faith helps me stay positive in situations when the odds are stacked against us. I’ve met many very encouraging and inspiring people since I started working at CAFOD, especially through working with our partner organisations.
Tell us something about you that not many people know. I have an identical twin!