as a Collective
in the Face
of the Pandemic
2020 will never be forgotten: the beginning of a pandemic, a human rights crisis that had been dragging on for decades and economic impacts, marked a year that forced us to work from a distance, but not to stop.
At Fundar, we look back to the advocacy and human rights work we have done for more than 20 years, to find strength at a time when we have lost colleagues, friends, and family members. 2020 reminded us that crises aggravate other crises, that rights defense can never stop, and, above all, that our struggle for social justice is and will continue to be a collective one.
Dignity is Stubborn
The vast majority of human rights violation cases, such as disappearances, have been marked by the apathy and inaction of the State, and consequently, while unidentified victims accumulate in the country’s forensic services, many families continue to live in uncertainty and pain. In 2020, the Extraordinary Forensic Identification Mechanism (MEIF, for its Spanish initials) was approved in response to the demand of thousands of victims, accompanied by organizations including Fundar, who were seeking to find their relatives and restore their identities. The MEIF represents the hope of thousands of people to find their loved ones and get answers. It also demonstrates that, in the struggle for justice, dignity is stubborn.
A Red Tide for Fiscal Justice
In Mexico, women, girls, and menstruating people pay a tax when buying tampons or sanitary pads. This tax is discriminatory, as these products are not luxury items, they are staple items, and many people cannot afford them. To combat this problem, in 2020, together with activists, collectives, and organizations, we created the #MenstruaciónDignaMéxico initiative (Dignified Menstruation Mexico) to demand that the government tax with a gender perspective. We fought to have the 16% value added tax (VAT) rate on these products modified to a 0% rate. The proposal was not approved, but it put the issue on the table. Today, the collective struggle continues so that all of us who menstruate can do so without an added cost and with dignity. This red tide will not stop.
Not One Step Back in the Defense of Transparency
Public Profiles under Scrutiny
For an Anti-Patriarchal Work Culture
Although civil society organizations face many different realities, none has been immune to the effects of the patriarchal system in which we are embedded. Cases of sexual and workplace harassment and bullying exist within the human rights sector, and we need to do something about it. Working towards the construction of safe spaces is a collective task, which is why, together with seven other organizations, we have created a model protocol to prevent, report, and attend to cases of sexual and work harassment in civil society organizations (Protocolo Modelo de Prevención y Actuación en Casos De Discriminación, Acoso y Hostigamiento Sexual y Laboral en Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil) that is aimed at promoting change. We recognize this as a first step towards prevention and action, and we believe it can be a tool that other organizations can use and adopt to generate their own protocols and, accordingly, with actions such as this, transform our sector into one that is free of violence.
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Source: 2020 Global Go to Think Tanks Index Report from the University of Pennsylvania.
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