We’re sad, we’re frustrated, we’re angry. But, we are not helpless. In this moment, we are not allowed to be.
If there’s something we’ve realised that we need to do — for ourselves and for our people, especially those of us who are in leadership positions, is letting go of the fear of controversy, ambiguity and vulnerability and embracing intentional action towards change. We are not going to be able to find simple solutions in complex times, we need to stop looking for them. Look for imperfect solutions, look for evolving answers – you don’t need finality right away.
We are also called to reflect on this crisis and the systems underpinning it. Access to healthcare, food and shelter are fundamental rights and should not be sought as a relief package. This realisation is stronger and more urgent than ever before for us.
We released an immediate set of internal action steps earlier this month.
Domestic Violence and Gender Based Violence Support: we have extended the timings of our FemJustice Legal Aid Helpline for preliminary legal and mental health support to survivors of gender based violence, you can call us at +91 9019548792:
- Monday to Wednesday 2pm to 4pm;
- Thursdays and Fridays between 12pm to 4pm.
We have also created a guide on “Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence during COVID-19” identifies the capacities of bystanders, lawyers, medical professionals, survivors and the governments and recommends ways by which each of these can contribute to the safety and protection of survivors of domestic abuse during the pandemic.VIEW THE GUIDE
E-learning: we have moved our courses and learning programs online and are providing paid certificate courses virtually. We are also directing 25% of funds we raise through our e-learning programs towards direct COVID-19 relief work.
Virtual Community Spaces: we are providing weekly virtual community spaces free of charge for people to find community, feel less lonely, and learn together.Sign Up
Digital Advocacy Efforts: we are undertaking digital advocacy efforts for promoting better mental health, reducing gender based violence and improving gender justice during this period. We have also built a set of easily shareable informational images that you can share ahead or use for yourself.VIEW FOLDER
Mental Health Support: we are connecting people to mental health professionals for pro bono and paid services, as required. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We invite anyone reading this to extend kindness and community to the people in your lives. Check in on your friends and family, be nicer, take time for yourself, breathe a little more?
Please keep feeling things, it keeps us human. Immensely grateful for your support.
Love and solidarity,
Team One Future