The #HerToo campaign aims to raise awareness about the lack of avenues that Burmese women - and in particular, stateless Rohingya women - have to pursue justice for crimes committed against them and to acknowledge that #MeToo doesn’t end at our borders.
Since last August, more than 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee from their homes in Burma to refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Burmese military have burned villages, indiscriminately killed everyone from babies to the elderly, and have widely used rape as a weapon in their campaign of genocide against the Rohingya.
The Rohingya are one of the most persecuted groups of people in the world. Despite Burma being their true home, the government there has denied citizenship to the Rohingya for far too long. Without citizenship, the Rohingya lack most avenues to seek justice. This has not stopped brave Rohingya women from standing up though.
The Shanti Mohila (Peace Women) are a group of Rohingya women that are living in Kutupalong-Balukhali refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Shanti Mohila, in conjunction with the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, submitted a formal request for an investigation into genocide and persecution. As part of the request to the ICC, the Shanti Mohila have submitted individual testimonies and gathered some 400 “signatures” from Rohingya women. The women signed the request using their thumbprints, because as a population denied citizenship their names have meant little. On September 6, 2018, the ICC made an unprecedented ruling in their favor and gave the court jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.
While this is a great first step, we want to continue to raise the voices of these brave women and make visible their thumbprints—their signature of suffering, trials and hopefully triumph.
Our goal is to continue to raise awareness with posters, shirts and a petition associated with the campaign. We hope that we can rally groups of people to show up at women's marches, across the country AND AROUND THE WORLD, planned for January.
BUY A SHIRT - All proceeds from each shirt that is purchase will go to LAW, a non-profit think tank that is providing legal aid and psychosocial support for Rohingya women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
DOWNLOAD AND PRINT POSTERS - These images are free to download. We encourage you to print them in a large format and use them at women’s marches in January. The women and quotes in the posters are highlighted in Jeanne Hallacy’s powerful documentary Mother, Daughter, Sister that exposes the Burmese military's practice of using rape as a weapon of war and gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women activists calling for justice for these crimes. The I Stand With Her posters were designed by Erika Appel.
Click on the image below to download and print.
SHARE THESE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA - Print the images and share them on social media with the hashtags #HerToo and #JusticeForRohingya. You can also take a picture of yourself with one of the posters.