“We are writing to ask you to join a solidarity effort for our dear friend Sunila Abeysekera, a leading women’s human rights defender, who is in a life struggle with cancer.” says the ‘Team Sunila’
Sunila has been a lifelong feminist and human rights activist in Sri Lanka and South Asia, and a major player in the global women’s movement (see bio below). She is currently based at the Institute for Social Studies in The Netherlands as the recipient of a Scholars At Risk fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to individuals who face potential violence in their own country as a result of their human rights work.
Sunila has lived a courageous life on the forefront of many social movements, fighting relentlessly for justice and human rights–for women and on behalf of all those who experience identity-based discrimination, persecution and marginalization. She has nurtured and supported countless women and men of all ages the world over, inspiring many-both directly and by example-to challenge abusive authority at the local, national and international levels.
Sunila was diagnosed with late stage cancer in the Netherlands in November 2012 and has been receiving treatment there. At this point she is weighing options about where to receive treatment–likely in South Asia. She faces the prospect of significant-and possibly protracted-uncovered medical, travel and living costs in this fight for her life. What Sunila is facing now is the lot of many other activists–whose lives fighting for social justice often precludes their ability to focus on their own well-being and financial security.
We are reaching out to Sunila’s beloved community of friends and colleagues around the world to ensure that cost is not an obstacle preventing her from getting the best care possible. It is difficult to know exactly how much will be needed, but we are seeking to raise US $25,000 this month to ensure she does not have to worry about the expenses. She has given to the world, now it’s time to give to her.
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Kamla Bhasin, Charlotte Bunch, Roxanna Carrillo, Amrita Chhachhi, Susanna George, Kumi Samuel
If questions, email SunilaSolidarity@gmail.com