RESURJ Submission to OHCHR on safeguarding civic space in Covid-19 recovery

White and light purple background divided equally at the centre horizontally. On the left are 2 people. One of them is turned backward with only half their face visible. They have short brown hair, are wearing a shiny green top, and holding a megaphone. In front of them is burning fire. Under them is a person with purple top and orange skirt. The are holding a yellow banner above their head with the text in brown, "SE VA A CAER." Behind them is a purple plant. A hand visible till the wrist is in front of them holding a cell phone, and taking a picture of them. The top right has text in purple color, RESURJ SUBMISSION TO THE 2022 OHCHR ONLINE CONSULTATION WITH CIVIL SOCIETIES!" The bottom right has text in white color, "Illustration by Sonaksha Iyengar." RESURJ logo is above the text.
RESURJ Submission to the 2022 OHCHR online consultation with civil societies | Illustration by Sonaksha Iyengar

RESURJ made a submission to the 2022 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) online consultation with civil society on 14 January 2022. The survey was on safeguarding civic space in Covid-19 recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already existing challenges for civil society including government surveillance, and state-sponsored violence. And threats for questioning authorities, and increasing restrictions on accessing funding and resources. These new realities also mean new and virtual ways of engaging in advocacy spaces, and related challenges. RESURJ members have been discussing and documenting how these challenges affect younger south feminist organizing. And our advocacy for sexual and reproductive justice. We submitted some of our reflections to the survey with ground experiences on the impact on sexual and reproductive justice.