El Salvador

This year’s International Women’s Day sought to publicize the rampant problem of violence against women. While every country is fraught with different forms and levels of violence against women, it is clear that in times of instability, women pay the highest price. This is precisely the case in Mesoamerica.
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In 2008, la Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local (Feminist Collective) was founded with the philosophy of creating a relationship model for women organizers, which has led to a joining of diverse visions of women from the urban cities to the rural areas of El Salvador, with different ideologies and religions. This coming together has given way for women organizing on a national-level, promoting collective processes that seek to recognize and support women’s rights.
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AMS was founded in 1987 to facilitate movement-building processes with rural women, women workers in informal sectors and sex workers to take on the leadership of their own empowerment and political participation.
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Building on 2009-2010 assessments done of the violence that women human rights defenders (WHRDs) face in Mesoamerica, the 2011 update includes new cases and fresh analysis from national WHRD processes and networks across the region.
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From Nov. 25- Dec. 11, approximately two thousand feminists located across El Salvador mobilized through protests, speeches and more in a large scale initiative to combat violence against women. AMS (Association for the Self-Determination and Development of Women), The Feminist Collective , the COMUN Collective, The Union of Women and other feminist organizations were leaders in this effort to demand that the government of El Salvador comply with its promises to quell the alarming trend of violence against women.
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Women are a fundamental part of our society. Their daily work and struggles sustain our social fabric and create a more liberal, just and humane world for us all. In light of this, women are more susceptible to violence, insecurity, a lack of good health and general wellbeing, and diminished personal dignity. The issues affecting women are deeply rooted in structural problems that compromise democratic progress, contribute to the deterioration of society, and result in serious human rights violations against women.
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"The increasingly dangerous reality of insecurity and violence that are plaguing our countries require, more than ever, new strategies and alliances to guarantee the security of women defenders and their activism” said Daysi Flores, MI-WHRD member.
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Looking back at JASS' Movement Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
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JASS’ Alquimia Leadership School, in partnership with JASS ally, Sinergia N’oj, recently convened 30 indigenous and rural women from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama for a training and strategy workshop on communications for activism. The women immediately put their new skills into action---creating a blog, video, and radio show.
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