Statements of Solidarity

Statement of Solidarity regarding sexual violence in the context of
the National Strike in Colombia

Since the beginning of the ongoing Colombian national strike on April 28th, the Ombudsman Office of Colombia has reported 106 cases of gender-based violence against women and people with non-normative gender identities. Of these 106 cases, 23 cases included sexual violence. In addition to these reports, the national Colombian NGO Temblores reported 27 cases of sexual violence during the social protests. Knowing that most cases of sexual violence go unreported out of fear or lack of access to systems of justice, we cannot assume that these numbers are conclusive. Temblores stated that “the transgression of some bodies, especially of female and feminized bodies, has become a policy of repression and state correction.” [READ MORE]

VOICE stands in solidarity with the AAPI community:
On March 16th, a grievous assault on the Asian-American community of Atlanta, Georgia resulted in the loss of eight lives. We send our condolences to the families and friends of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. We reject the Atlanta Police’s comment that it is too early to know if the shooter’s coordinated attacks were racially motivated. The refusal to call hate crimes for what they are is in itself an act of violence and an impediment to justice. [READ MORE]

Hold Myanmar Military Accountable for Violence Against Women:
Dear President and Members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council,
Marking the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, we, Women’s PeaceNetwork, and the undersigned organizations working for women’s rights and against gender based violence, call upon the UN Security Council to hold the Myanmar military accountable for grievously violating the human rights of women.  

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