ALERT – Open letter and video on COVID-19 and Humanitarian Disarmament | December 21, 2020

Two Afghan women are sitting on chairs: one is an orthotic specialist, she is fitting a prosthesis on the leg of the other woman

The pandemic has made 2020 an unusual year, kept us physically far from each other but united more than ever to show that humanitarian disarmament is as relevant, and perhaps even more relevant, than before this pandemic. Since June, more than 250 civil society organizations have signed an open letter arguing that humanitarian disarmament can help […]

The pandemic has made 2020 an unusual year, kept us physically far from each other but united more than ever to show that humanitarian disarmament is as relevant, and perhaps even more relevant, than before this pandemic.

Since June, more than 250 civil society organizations have signed an open letter arguing that humanitarian disarmament can help lead the way to an improved post-pandemic normal. Against this backdrop, HI facilitated the production of a video that summarizes the key messages of this letter.

You can download the video here: https://we.tl/t-IyFV1sYVoo

Inspired by the movement of civil society organisations, Mahpekay, Afghan survivor and orthotic specialist delivering rehabilitation services, Elkin, operator working in Colombian mine contaminated areas and Raluca, humanitarian disarmament advocate, tell us how pandemic has affected their work through their experiences. Images from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan Colombia, Belgium, France, New York, South Africa, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Turkey and Thailand show how this pandemic is a worldwide concern.

In the spirit of humanitarian disarmament and the open letter, we are calling the International community to prioritize human security, reallocate military spending to humanitarian causes, work to eliminate inequalities, ensure multilateral fora incorporate diverse voices, and bring a cooperative mind-set to problems of practice and policy.

By being inclusive, we can reshape the security landscape for the future and help create a new—and improved— “normal.” We would like to end/start this year by reminding what matters to us in humanitarian disarmament. Please disseminate this video through your channels making sure these messages are widely spread and heard!

 


Please note that this video is shared on www.humanitariandisarmament.org and further disseminated on social media.

 


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