Statement on US Election Result: Solidarity in Human Rights and Justice for all

As we process the results of the US election and grapple with a future four years of President-elect Trump and a Republican-lead Congress and Senate, we brace ourselves for a backlash on the gains made for women and girls in the United States and worldwide. As feminists advocating for sexual and reproductive justice, economic, ecological and social justice in countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific, we rise today stronger and more determined than ever to ensure that there will be no regression on the respect for the human rights of all women and girls.

President-elect Trump has made it clear that he does not respect the human rights of people who routinely experience violence and discrimination, namely, people of color, indigenous peoples, women, migrants, the LGBTQI community, Muslims, and people with disabilities. We have work to do. Now is the time for us all to join together and turn our fears into powerful and organized movements for gender, environmental and economic justice to hold to account elected officials and strive to support public servants who ferociously respect, protect and fulfill all of our human rights and the wellbeing of our planet. 

We stand against the structures of power that Donald Trump represents: those that ignite hatred of “the other” and those with deep fear of losing their white privilege: systems that exacerbate income inequality and favor a small wealthy minority. We stand with our ecological and environmental justice allies in challenging any attempt to roll back agreements for environmental and ecological justice and sustainable development. We will continue to fight for progress that defends human rights for all, acts to redistribute wealth and power, and promotes peace and equality. 

Today, and every day for the next four years, we will stand in solidarity, to protect, embrace and fight hand in hand with those who seek equality and justice for all. We will persistently and unequivocally fight to uphold sexual, reproductive, ecological and economic justice in the United States, at the United Nations, and in our of own countries and communities. We will continue to nurture and build resilient social movements to resist all forms of discrimination, racism, sexism, hatred and oppression. 

SIGNATORIES

  1. RESURJ – Realizing Sexual Reproductive Justice - Global

  2. Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality - Fiji

  3. Haus of Khameleon - Pacific

  4. Samoa Faafafine Association Inc., - Samoa

  5. ILGA Oeania Incorporated – Australia

  6. Anis - Instituto de Bioética, Brazil

  7. Sosaiete O Fa’afafine I Amerika Samoa (SOFIAS) Inc.,

  8. The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) - Philippines

  9. The Torchligh Collective - Global

  10. Oceania Rainbow Network – Australia

  11. The YP Foundation – India

  12. Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

  13. Sexuality Policy Watch – Brazil

  14. Vecinas Feministas – Latin America and Caribbean

  15. SPECTRA - Rwanda

  16. Coletivo Mangueiras - Brazil

  17. Equis Justicia para las Mujeres - Mexico

  18. Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir - Mexico

  19. Balance - Mexico

  20. Samoa Australia Fa’afafine Association

  21. International Women's Development Agency - Australia

  22. HELP Resources - Papua New Guinea

  23. Pacific Sexual Diversity Network

  24. Tonga Leiti's Association

  25. Camari Serau - Fiji

  26. ILGA World Trans* Secretariat

  27. West African Network of Young Women Leaders

  28. FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund

  29. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Global

  30. ATHENA Network - Global

  31. Uganda Network of Young People living with HIV - Uganda

  32. Reseau Musonet - Mali

  33. Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre

  34. The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in the Gambia (TANGO)

  35. Tororo Forum for People Living with HIV Networks - Uganda

  36. Point of View – Mumbai, India

  37. Ghiwa Sayegh, Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research

  38. Evelyne Accad, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois / Lebanese American University

  39. Khouloud Mahdhaoui, Chouf

  40. Rima Majed, Assistant Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut

  41. Razan Ghazzawi

  42. Shereen Abouelnaga, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo Universiy

  43. Sawsan Abdulrahim, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut

  44. Roua Seghaier, Associate Editor, Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research

  45. Alaa Hijazi, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut

  46. Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS University of London

  47. Jennifer Nish, Assistant Professor of English, American University of Beirut

  48. Sherene Seikaly, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California

  49. Arianne Shahvisi, Lecturer in Ethics and Medical Humanities, Brighton & Sussex Medical School

  50. Sarah Schulman, Writer, US

  51. Claire Schwartz, PhD Candidate, Yale University, US

  52. Rachel L. Kaplan, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

  53. Arushi Singh, Independent Consultant – India

  54. Alice Welbourn, Salamander Trust

  55. Ethel Pengel, AIDS Activist – Suriname

  56. Souhaila Bensaid, ICW Global

  57. Aditi Sharma

  58. Ishita Chaudhry, Ashoka Fellow and Founder of YP Foundation

  59. Chelsea Ricker

  60. Elizabeth Cox

  61. Naomi Ruzindana

  62. Amina Doherty, Program Coordinator, AWID 

  63. Serena Umer Khan, Librarian, Ashkal Alwan

  64. Rania Masri, Associate Director, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beiru

  65. Rosalind Petchesky, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Hunter College & the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  66. Maria Bordallo, Independent Consultant, Netherlands