Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice - is a Global South-led transnational feminist alliance committed to fostering stronger communities by building trust, nurturing solidarity, and sharing power.
We are a membership-based alliance of feminist activists working across generations, constituencies, and identities seeking to realize sexual and reproductive justice for all. Our justice approach encompasses an understanding of and a commitment to addressing the interlinkages between our bodies, our health, and our human rights in the context of the ecological, economic, and social crises of our times. This approach also recognizes historic injustices and systemic inequality in gender power relations. We aim to contribute to creating long-term systemic change by transforming our ways of thinking, working, and living while relying on the leadership of communities most impacted by sexual and reproductive oppression.
We believe that the meaningful participation of younger feminists in all their diversity is essential in shaping and advocating for transparent, accountable, and sustainable development policies and programs. We also believe in women’s agency. Personal agency is crucial to individuals living happier and more fulfilled lives and an essential precondition for a just, harmonious world.
Finally, we are committed to accountability and transparency within our own movements and to a culture of activism that integrates pleasure and joy. We understand that without assuring the protection, safety, and well-being of individual activists, we cannot have sustainable organizations and movements.
Who We Are
Our members are under 40 years of age, working for sexual and reproductive justice through national, regional, and international advocacy and movement building strategies in Africa, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. They are engaged in different movements and constituencies (for example, women, youth, human rights, HIV, development, economic, ecological and environmental justice, non-normative sexualities, academia) and are strongly committed to sexual and reproductive justice and to moving the ‘RESURJ Now’ Agenda forward. RESURJ members work within national organizations to influence policies and programs in their countries as well as at the regional and international levels. Our recruitment is based on experience and diversity.
RESURJ operates through fiscal sponsorship and is coordinated by a Secretariat composed of an Executive Coordinator and a Program/Operations Coordinator. In addition, we count on a small network of advisors who provide programmatic and structural guidance to the alliance. Former members, allies, and advisors comprise a network of RESURJ friends.
Through our movement building work we have also established solid networks of close allies in Latin America and Africa. In Latin America and the Caribbean, RESURJ supports 15 younger feminists working on the intersections between gender, economic and environmental justice; how these impact sexual and reproductive justice; and what these perspectives means for conducting advocacy for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These feminists now identify as the Vecinas Feministas por la Justicia Sexual y Reproductiva en America Latina y el Caribe (Feminists Neighbors for Sexual and Reproductive Justice in Latin America and Caribbean) and conduct joint advocacy initiatives for the full implementation of the landmark regional agreement, the Montevideo Consensus, as well as the regional follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.
RESURJ members have also worked towards supporting young African feminist advocates. RESURJ has held two regional dialogues with 55 people - in Ghana in 2015 and Kigali in 2017. The informal group identify themselves as Young African Feminists Dialogues (#YAFD) and conduct activities for the alignment of global and regional development plans. They identify as "a diverse intersectional collective of young African feminists committed to ensuring equality and justice in all its forms for all young women and girls in all their diversity at all levels using an inter-linkage approach.
As we move forward, we will continue to explore opportunities to support similar initiatives in other regions RESURJ has members in.
RESURJ Members are engaged in different movements and constituencies (youth, women, human rights, HIV, feminist, sustainable development, economic, ecological and environmental justice, non-normative sexualities, academia) at the country level and are strongly committed to sexual and reproductive justice and to moving the RESURJ Now Agenda forward. Members represent RESURJ in their individual capacity but have institutional support and the responsibility to integrate their experiences and knowledge into their national work.
Recruitment is based on experience, knowledge and commitment to achieve sexual and reproductive justice, as well as regional diversity.
We could not do what we do without the dedication and backing of our supporters. With special thanks to: Channel Foundation, Ford Foundation, Ipas, Just Associates (JASS), The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, and The Praxis Project.