We organize around issues as diverse as access to safe and legal abortion, adolescents’ and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, the recognition of sexual rights and non-normative expressions of gender and sexuality, comprehensive sexuality education, the elimination of all discrimination and violence against all people, recognition of unpaid and paid care work and its links with sexuality and reproduction, and the meaningful participation of young feminists in policy spaces. Our advocacy is driven by our 10-point action agenda, RESURJ Now.
Since our inception in 2010, we have enlisted activists and organizations to hold their governments accountable to principles of justice, equality and human rights at home, in their regions, and at the United Nations. We have both trained and learned from hundreds of young people from over 40 countries, on advocacy strategies for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In the context of the twentieth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD 20), RESURJ’s work focused on and contributed to ground-breaking normative policy gains at the regional levels in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In the lead up to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and throughout the Post 2015 processes, RESURJ members led the development of convenings and policy papers on adolescents, human rights, gender equality and indicators development within the Women’s Major Group and were active in several intergovernmental hearings with civil society for the Post 2015 negotiations. RESURJ, along with members of the Women’s Major Group and allies from all over the world, advocated successfully for a stand-alone gender equality goal as well as for gender equality to be recognized as cross-cutting throughout the 2030 Agenda.
RESURJ members continue to work with close allies to provide strategic input into and lead advocacy efforts within relevant regional and global United Nations intergovernmental negotiations to secure progress on the health and human rights of women, adolescents and young people, as well as to demand accountability for all people and the planet.
RESURJ’s movement building efforts include training and supporting young feminists in the countries in which the members work, regionally and cross-regionally. In this manner, we strive to broaden the constituency of sexual and reproductive justice advocates, participating in national/regional/global policy arena and to encourage the growing movement of younger feminists working on the ground from an inter-linkages approach.
Finally, RESURJ engages in and initiates cross-regional and cross-movement dialogues. Doing so not only makes for more collective and comprehensive approaches to addressing sexual, reproductive, economic and environmental justice issues, but also for an exchange of success stories and lessons learned between regions and movements towards strengthening our advocacy asks.
RESURJ’s experience in advocating for language within international and regional policy frameworks is firmly grounded in its members’ experience within their own countries. As an alliance, RESURJ intentionally seeks to make the links between global, regional and national level health, environmental and population policies that affect women, girls and adolescents.