A holistic approach to safety for human rights defenders as well-being in action was the main approach used in designing the event: being physically and emotionally healthy and sustaining ourselves while continuing to do the work that we believe in.
“Caring for myself is not an indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde
In order to protect ourselves from the threats to our well-being posed by stress, fatigue, trauma, and grief (among other things) we have to engage consciously and deliberately with the idea of self-care. Self-care should not be understood as a selfish act, but rather as a subversive and political act of self-preservation. Maintaining our wellbeing must be perceived as a pre-requisite to sustainability of movements and activism.