As summer begins, we pause to take stock of Quarter 2. These past three months have been a whirlwind of activity - but when is it not?
Quarter 2 wraps up the first half of 2019 with our focus on 5 Actions to End Gender-Based Violence (pg 2). The breadth of issues that gender-based violence touches are staggering. Read more about our actions around #EndGBV - April (climate change), May (issues from our local Chapters), and June (reproductive rights and bodily autonomy)
In celebration of Pride month, our Community joined Pride events around the world. To honor the sacrifices of black and brown trans activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rameriz who accelerated and expanded the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights, we temporarily changed our logo to reflect not only the pride flag, but the black, brown, and trans people that continue to build the movement.
Globally, human rights defenders and activists are facing increasing repression, silencing, and violence. From the mobilisation of citizens in Hong Kong and Sudan to the brave climate protestors who know the urgency we face - the need for collective action and movements is greater than ever before.
The accomplishments of the Free Saudi Women Coalition (pg 5) - seven organisations, including Women’s March Global, collaborating to achieve the freedom of Saudi women proves the impact of working together. Our continuing partnership with WILPF and WILPF Cameroon (pg 6) shows us how cross-organisation cooperation creates stronger and more effective action.
Our Global Community continues to show up and speak out for our collective liberation. In our first annual survey (pg 7), you shared with us how you’ve grown since this movement started. 79% of you reported that you are now more aware of feminist issues globally. The tangible impact you all create by having conversations, raising awareness and holding Events in your communities is nothing short of extraordinary.
Thank you for taking the time to share in our journey and to read through our shared impact. Stay tuned next month for our collective vision for 2020. We look forward to continuing to listen, mobilise and move forward with you.
In community and solidarity,