Our Lived Realities

Women’s stories and realities, in particular young women’s realities, are almost always missing from negotiations and decision-making in the hallways of power, their experiences often reduced to wordsmithing in resolutions and agreements. And their challenges, successes and survival entangled in reports and numbers.

No policy paper, statistical report or expert meeting can truly explore or do justice to the intricate ways sexual and reproductive justice is impacted by the complex conditions women experience in other areas of their lives, in the way that women’s own stories and narratives can.

RESURJ’s Our Lived Realities project explores women and girls’ experiences of sexual and reproductive Justice, the interlinkages with economic and environmental justice, and how the conditions that they experience in different areas of their life, can provide them with opportunity, or hinder them, from enjoying their sexuality. It will explore the conditions that young women and girls experience in different areas of their lives through their own voices, and how those conditions provide them with opportunity or hinder them from enjoying their sexuality, affect their decision-making and the realization sexual and reproductive Justice.

The project seeks to challenge the mainstream narrative of what is really needed to improve the lives of women and girls and to also challenge the concepts of what is evidence and what is taken into account, in particular in the development field. Our Lived Realities aims to elevate women’s voices and experiences as an integral part of capturing evidence. The project will highlight how these narratives, and lived realities are linked to the 2030 Agenda goals and targets for implementation and will identify existing or potential policy interventions, or structural changes, that can address these interlinkages, and contribute to reaching the targets and goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Our Lived Realities uses a feminist and justice approach to create the space for women and girls to share through their own voices what they need and want, to identify what conditions enable power, agency, choice, wellbeing and autonomy and pleasure. This is an approach that does not make assumptions about people’s lives and gets to the very root of the ways justice is realized, or isn’t, in our lives.

In the coming months, Our Lived Realities’ first projects will be shared through this platform. They will explore interlinkages between inequalities, sanitation and the Zika virus in Brazil, access to education and the experience of young women and girls in pastoralist and farming communities in Nigeria, and the experiences of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

Join us by following the Our Lived Realities project via our Medium page, and updates through #Evidence4Justice

Join us in platforming women’s narratives

If you, or your organization, collective or group would like us to spotlight your work or project that is capturing evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Justice and the interlinkages with economic, social and ecological justice, please contact: comms@resurj.org

Why RESURJ?

The Sustainable Development Goals are really a battle between commodities and the commons. As a feminist alliance, RESURJ’s approach to justice includes that we understand and address the interlinkages between women’s bodies, health, and human rights in the context of the ecological, social and economic crisis that we face.

As part of RESURJ’s ongoing advocacy within this process we have over the past two years, focused on how we leverage evidence based on people’s realities for a justice approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and other key processes. In particular, we aim to share examples of the interlinkages and experiences of people to inform policy advocacy, resource allocation, and interventions, and explore how certain interventions have the potential to impact multiple goals and targets, and are potential key tools in the realization of the agenda.