As the pandemic has brought our world’s climate and health crises into sharp relief, the time is ripe to include women’s reproductive rights as part of our climate solutions toolbox.
The #FREELOUJAIN and #FREENASRIN campaign is a global plea for the full freedom of Iranian attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh and Loujain al-Hathloul of Saudi Arabia, as well as a call for the release of all political prisoners.
When describing the recent uptick in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes, we must remind ourselves of the broad and diverse group that encompasses Asian. We, South Asians, too, are Asian. The Sikh employees at FedEx who were the victims of a recent shooting, too, are Asian.
From planting to protesting, women are at the frontlines of the fight against food insecurity. Many are participating in Rising Gardens, a mass action through which women are planting community gardens.
Daoyou Feng, 44; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Yong Ae Yue, 63. Their lives, along with customers Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, and Paul Andre Michels, 54, deserve to be respected and remembered in their full humanity, not reduced to the fantasies of their killer.
“I am, in mind and full heart, a New Yorker to myself. But, even in a city that is nicknamed The Melting Pot for its diverse population … I am still not universally recognized as a New Yorker, or even as an American, because I am Chinese.”
Among Afghan women, there is a sense of frustration, disappointment and fear that a rushed peace process that excludes women will not have a long-term outcome—allowing a Taliban comeback that could roll back the progress made over the last two decades.
“Nearly one million farmers are peacefully organizing and demonstrating, but the Indian government has responded with state-sanctioned violence, including the use of tear gas, water cannons, mass arrests and indefinite detention. These human rights abuses must end now.”
Dr. Fozia Alvi, a Canadian physician and humanitarian, is helping fight COVID-19 in the world’s largest refugee camp, where lack of resources and illiteracy exacerbate the disease’s transmission.
Alvi creates COVID-19 teams that go into the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh to test and treat COVID among the displaced Rohingya, who number about one million.
Although reproductive rights are under attack around the world, there remain some bright spots for women’s reproductive rights and contraceptive access.
In the Philippines, since 2012, when reproductive rights and education were finally enshrined in law in this fiercely Catholic country, the government has committed to providing free family planning services to those living in poverty.