A message from Joanne about reports of harassment and bullying at Stop TB secretariat
Dear RESULTS family:
Today the New York Times published a story about serious allegations of bullying and racism at the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat, an international organization based in Geneva.
Stop TB is a long-time partner of RESULTS on our campaigns to scale up treatment and prevention of tuberculosis. In addition, I serve as Vice Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Board.
I am absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of these issues. Earlier this summer after learning new details of allegations, we as the Stop TB Board Executive Committee quickly moved to commission an independent, external review, with initial findings due by the end of September.
The Stop TB Board is committed to quick and transparent action based on the review’s findings and recommendations. In the interim, we’re making sure staff have the immediate support they need and a safe, respectful work environment.
I want to assure you of two things:
First, there is no place for racism or any form of oppression at RESULTS or our partner organizations. Our movement will only be successful if we create an equitable and inclusive space for everyone. As advocates, we must confront oppression at all levels and work to change the people and policies that perpetuate it. The independent review of Stop TB that’s underway is a comprehensive look not just at the past, but at the policies and environment there today, focused on ensuring an equitable, anti-racist Stop TB Partnership.
Second, RESULTS will continue our efforts to end tuberculosis. Your advocacy has been instrumental in driving progress on TB – a global disease of poverty – over the last two decades. Particularly during this pandemic, we are at serious risk of backsliding in progress against this insidious killer. And we know that stigma and discrimination are drivers of this epidemic; until we stop oppression, we cannot stop TB.
As RESULTS, our commitment to anti-oppression extends to the policies we promote, how we operate, our partnerships, and our own lives. As a RESULTS community, I will keep you informed of further action related to the Stop TB Partnership, and I invite you to reach out with any questions or concerns.