Urgent Action

16 Days of Activism: Women Crossing the Line

Join JASS and our allies as we honor women crossing the line to challenge violence and to stand up for peace, justice and equality.

For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign, join JASS’ global community in honoring the courage and ingenuity of women around the world who are standing up, speaking out and challenging injustice. Women who are on the frontlines of crises across the globe are also at the forefront of change, courageously leading creative community-building strategies for peace, justice and equality. We recognize their leadership and the risks they take to CROSS THE LINE as they challenge abuses of power in private and in public. This year, JASS joins hundreds of organizations in spotlighting the global theme: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women.

Beginning on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and concluding on International Human Rights Day (December 10), coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) since 1991 the 16 Days of Activism Campaign draws attention to all the forms of gender-based violence as one of the world’s most persistent and destructive human rights violations; it also recognizes feminists and feminist movements like JASS for their pivotal role in putting violence against women on the public agenda and working tirelessly to solve it.

Follow us on JASS Global Facebook and Twitter, JASS Mesoamerica's Facebook and Twitter, and JASS Southeast Asia's Facebook, to share the messages, blogs, info-graphics and more generated by JASS and our many allies around the world as we organize teach-ins and street actions in Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, Mesoamerica and globally.   

So during the 16 Days of Activism, pay attention:  SEE US, SUPPORT US, STAND WITH US, AND JOIN US in honoring Women Crossing the Line to stop violence and injustice!

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Crossing the Line:  Who? Where? Why?  

For the next 16 Days JASS is profiling women leaders and the importance of collective power by standing with women political prisoners–including 23 Egyptian activists–and speaking out to end violence against women defenders, sexual violence and torture, rape in conflict, and tolerance for daily gender-based violence in homes, organizations and on the streets. We are giving a shout out to our networks and key partners like Katswe Sistahood (Zimbabwe), COWHLA (Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, Malawi) Tlachinollan Human Rights Center (Mexico), Foro de Mujeres por la Vida (Honduras), UNAMG (Guatemala), Young Indonesian Women Activists’ Forum (Indonesia acronym, FAMM-I), CYWEN (Cambodia Young Women Empowerment Network), Gabriela (Philippines), Center for Women’s Resources (Philippines), Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and In Solidarity: A Compendium of African Feminist Voices (initiative by JASS Board member, Amina Doherty).

We are putting the spotlight on women-driven solutions to the key drivers of gender violence in our communities including militarization and the proliferation of small arms, the role of governments and repression, and the coordinated political efforts of extremists to reverse women’s freedoms and reproductive rights. In this context of widespread violence, we are placing a much needed spotlight on collective power—and why building relationships and networking are important as we confront the world’s biggest issues.

Stay tuned, stay connected and share wide and far to celebrate how women and their organizations are defying the odds, breaking the rules, and organizing others to stand up for themselves, their families, their communities, and the human rights of people worldwide.

jass donate Join this global community of women crossing the line by making a contribution to JASS. Being part of this community recognizes women’s courage and ingenuity and helps build alliances for louder change and safety against violence.