Meet our new International Coordinator

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Rachel Tavernor has recently joined our team as our new International Coordinator. Rachel has a background in youthwork, campaigns and research. She is passionate about the power of storytelling to provoke social change. As a way of introducing Rachel, we’ve asked her a few questions about her life, faith and gender justice.

We hope this will be a regular feature on our website to introduce different members of our movement. If you would like to be interviewed, please email Rachel (info@sidebysidegender.org).

 

Why did you want to work with Side by Side?

Side by Side combines three important things for me: justice, partnerships and faith. Gender inequalities are rooted in unjust systems and imbalances of power. As the civil rights campaigner, Ida B Wells argues:

‘the way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth on them’.

Side by Side shines a light on the structures and systems that perpetuate the gender injustices that we experience across the world: in our homes, in our communities, in our politics and in our countries.

While shining a light on these injustices, Side by Side is a movement that inspires people to work towards gender justice. I believe that the strength of a movement is in the partnerships that we build with one another. I have already had the privilege to witness the strong partnerships that Side by Side supports.

I wanted to work with Side by Side because it is a faith movement that brings people together from around the world. By bringing together people from different faiths, communities and countries, we learn and inspire one another. In doing so, we can become stronger and can sustain one another in our work for gender justice.

 

Why is gender justice important to you?

For over a decade, I have campaigned for social justice in the UK and internationally. In every context, it is evident that gender injustices continue to intersect with other forms of violence and oppression.  Gender justice, ensuring equal rights between genders, is key to transforming the lives of the most marginalised people in our world.

 

What inspires you to be part of a gender justice movement?

Movements are powerful. The struggles that have gone before us, the victories that have been won and are yet to be won, inspire me to act. I come from a large Irish family with many strong, creative and inspiring women, who instilled in me a strong belief in sisterhood. A sisterhood that can transform lives across borders, cultures, religions and genders. The feminist Audre Lorde shared:

‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own’.

Working towards gender justice is hard. It takes time, energy and belief. Being part of a movement, joining together with our brothers and sisters from around the world, fuels my faith that we can, and must, make gender justice a reality.

Posted by: Rachel Tavernor | Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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