It is Day 4 in Amnesty International’s Write 4 Rights marathon, and today’s case is Monica Roa in Colombia. She is the program director of Women’s Link Worldwide, an organization that advocates for access to safe and legal abortion services in her country. Because of this work, she and her organization have been attacked and intimidated, and none of those events have been investigation. We’d like to change that. Below is a letter to make that change.
If you can, please join us TONIGHT at Schlafly Bottleworks for our chapter’s annual Write-a-Thon. We will be there from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. writing letters ourselves as well as providing form letters for you to sign. Otherwise, please a send a letter on Roa’s behalf to:
Señor Presidente Juan Manuel Santos
Palacio de Nariño
Carrera 8 No.7-26
Start your letter: Dear President Santos/Excmo. Sr.
I am writing in concern for the safety of MONICA ROA and her colleagues and Women’s Link Worldwide, who have been subject to a series of attacks and intimidation. I urge you to ensure that the attacks against them are fully investigated, the results published, and those found responsible are brought to justice. Please also ensure that the criminal complaint filed against Mónica is dropped if it is based solely on her legitimate work as a Human Rights Defender.
I also call on you to publicly recognize the legitimacy of the work on sexual and reproductive rights that is being carried out by Women’s Link Worldwide and other Colombian human rights defenders, and encourage government officials to desist from further stigmatizing their work. I remind you of the urgent need to effectively implement the Constitutional Court’s decision on the decriminalization of abortion and to fulfill the government’s obligations regarding the protection of women’s and girls’ human rights, including their right to sex education, access to contraception, and access to safe abortion on the three grounds allowed for in Colombia.