Amplify the Call for a Feminist Response to COVID19

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Posted March 21, 2020 from Fiji

The Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR) Steering Committee calling on all Member States to adopt a feminist policy to address the COVID-19 outbreak: http://feministallianceforrights.org/blog/2020/03/20/action-call-for-a-f...

The statement highights demands of Feminists and Women’s Rights Organizations from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North stressing the need for governments to recall and act in accordance with human rights standards in their response to COVID-19 and uphold the principles of equality and non-discrimination, centering the most marginalized people — women, children, elderly, people with disabilities, people with compromised health, rural people, unhoused people, institutionalized people, , refugees, migrants, indigenous peoples, stateless people, and people in war zones. Feminist policy recognizes and prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Beyond the response to this pandemic, it is necessary for the development of peaceful, inclusive and prosperous communities within human rights-driven states.

According to FAR it is critical that governments utilize a human rights and intersectional based approach to ensure that everyone has access to necessary information, support systems and resources during the current crisis.

Nine key areas of focus to be considered in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Each set of recommendations responf to the potential challenges and recommendations that consider the lived experiences of people in vulnerable position — especially women and girls that endure a disproportionate impact due to their sex, gender, and sexual orientation — and steer policymakers toward solutions that do not exacerbate their vulnerabilities or magnify existing inequality and ensure their human rights.

These guidelines, says FAR,  are not a replacement for the engagement of women and girls and other marginalized communities in decision-making, but a rationale for consultation and diversity in leadership.

Take Action: Please follow the link and indicate if you and/or your organization would like to sign the letter, by  Tuesday, March 24 at 8pm EST . The sign-on form is available in this link: tiny.cc/endorsenow

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 22
Mar 22

Good work

Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 22
Mar 22

Great move dear Sharon. You know, in many adverse circumstances like wars and pandemics, women tend to suffer the most. We pray for a better life for all the female folk.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 22
Mar 22

Dear Sharon,
I am so grateful for the work of The Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR). This is the level of international working together that we need to take part in, calling on governments to "to ensure that everyone has access to necessary information, support systems and resources during the current crisis". I will follow the link and spread the news of this call for collective action. Thank you!

Paulina Nayra
Mar 24
Mar 24

Dear Sharon,
How are you in Fiji? How's the COVID situation there? Hope that it is under control. This call is timely as we celebrate women's month at a time of the COVID. We just pray that governments will listen. We just keep on pressing on.
Huggs.
Paulina

Hello, dear sister,

Thank you for telling us about this call. I already signed. Hoping for the best!

Shirin Dalaki
Mar 25
Mar 25

Dear Sharon,
I am grateful for what you do, thank you for your work.
With love and gratitude,

Shirin

Thelma obani 2020
Apr 02
Apr 02

Continue pressing in ..Government will respond and make things flexible for us all..❤❤❤