SVRI Statement on #BlackLivesMatter
The SVRI is deeply saddened by ongoing events of racial injustice and violence that have recently gained international attention and protest action. Institutional and systemic, structural racism and injustice against Black communities is a global tragedy. We stand in solidarity with Black communities facing daily discrimination, oppression, and violence. Civil society and civil rights activism are now more important than ever. The SVRI would like to extend our support to colleagues – activists, practitioners and researchers - working at the frontlines to fight for justice and equality, recognising the additional emotional and health impacts of this work with the added stress of COVID-19.
Let’s commit to action to ensure we create a just world free from violence against Black women, Black men, Black children, and Black LGBTQI people. A world that is equal, fair, and safe to live in. For SVRI this means we will amplify the voices and work of black feminists and researchers. We are also committed to learning and seeking to understand issues around injustice and inequality, and how our actions can be helpful and healing so please reach out to us if you have additional ideas on how SVRI’s commitment to justice and equality can be strengthened.
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