Right to Movement

What we are

Right to Movement is a global running community with runners and established communities all over the world running for the basic human right to freedom of movement.

How are we different?

We are a non-profit, non-religious and non-politic social movement. Running is our base. Storytelling is our tool. We don’t ask for your charity – we ask for your involvement. For your action.

History

Right to Movement came into existence in April 2013, as a conceptual bi-product of the inaugural event Palestine Marathon. Under the slogan “Right to Movement”, we held the first ever Palestine Marathon to promote the basic human right to freedom of movement as stipulated under Article 13 in the Human Rights Charter – and to tell a new story about Palestine.

After the Palestine Marathon runners from all over the world, ourselves included, wanted more. Runners wanted to keep running with the Palestinian runners in their own home towns and countries, and wanted to promote the Right to Movement elsewhere by physically claiming it. As part of holding the Palestine Marathon, three Right to Movement communities were established in Palestine and soon more followed in Denmark, Jordan, the UK, Ghana and the US order essay online contributing to building the global running community we are today.

MANIFESTO

We call on runners of all levels.
We run to manifest our Right to Movement.
We run for those and with those who are deprived of that right.
We run to tell stories.
We run to build bridges instead of walls.
We run to inspire you to do the same.

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Signe Fischer Smidt
Co-founder and runner
Signe is a human rights defender struggling to find her way to change, influence and move the many systems depriving people of their basic rights. Signe has studied international development studies, worked for 4 years for a Danish NGO in the Middle East based in East Jerusalem which is where she got the idea for the Palestine Marathon. Now she is working with international development and policy-making. Her experience with development policy and human rights has several times left her in despair as the political structure put in place to ensure respect to human rights are not capable or allowed to solve the job. What she learned is that systems aren’t facilitation change. People are, It is people who facilitate and make change. Not systems.

Lærke Hein
Co-founder and runner
Lærke is a well-known Copenhagen-based entrepreneur. Besides running she has a passion for football. Previously she has been working as a Chairman of the Board for Distortion Festival and today she works as an event planner for Politiken, one of the leading newspapers in Denmark. Her good friendship with Signe has inspired her to use her skills to create social change. “We can all make a difference in this world if we want to”. Her passion is telling positive stories through events, arts and people. For her, Right to Movement is about manifesting our human right to move around the world.

Palestine Marathon

An entrepreneurial, non-profit running for the basic human right to movement The Palestine Marathon is a collaborative event arranged by a number of organizations and individuals. The main organizers are The Palestine Olympic Committee and Right to Movement, but we work with a large number of dedicated people.

Movement. A human right. Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Having the right to move means that you have the choice, possibility, and right to move from A to B at any time and for any reason. The right to movement is a basic human right as stipulated in Article 13 of the UN Human Rights Charter

Everyone has the right to freedom of movement

Telling a different story of Palestine Everyone has the right to freedom of movement, but not everyone has the option. Restriction on movement is one of the major challenges for the Palestinian people living under occupation. Palestinians cannot move freely on roads, or from one city to another. The Palestinians right to movement is controlled by their ID, permits, which city they live in, or who they are married to. Ever been through Qalandia? Then you know why we do this! The State of Palestine does not even control the full olympic marathon distance of 42,195 KM. This is why we do it. We also do it cause Palestine as any other country should have their own marathon. We want to contribute to building a running culture in Palestine, where men and women, boys and girls can run together. We want to show more people and runners Palestine and the Palestinians. We want to contribute to telling a different story. We want to move. Come move with us.