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This 2 pager highlights the innovative work of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, launched in 2010 to develop a comprehensive and regionally-relevant response to increased violence against women human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America.
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JASS Mesoamerica staff give an analysis of the recent peaceful demonstrations in Guatemala.
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In early November, Hurricane Eta slammed into Central America. Honduras and Guatemala were hard hit, with heavy rains, flooding, landslides, electrical storms and high winds. In Honduras, an estimated 2.6 million people are affected, and some 700,000 Guatemalans. Close to 100,000 Hondurans are displaced, with massive damage to homes and infrastructure. Nearly a hundred people are known to be dead or missing in Honduras and 46 killed and 96 reported missing in Guatemala, according to the Foreign Ministry.
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You are the voice of those who challenge the system. If you aren’t inside, who is going to speak for those who are outside? You have to be on the inside, you have to cry out, you have to speak up--and that’s what I have done. Be the voice
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In this booklet, we spotlight JASS' key accomplishments across Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia in 2019. Check out stories from the frontlines of change!
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In Guatemala, the conservative government has been increasingly bold and aggressive about consolidating its powers. The past few months have seen the election of a new conservative president, the dismantling of anti-corruption commission CICIG, and two states of siege on rural and indigenous communities. We interviewed a JASS ally, who preferred to remain anonymous due to security risks, to find out what this all means for our Guatemalan countries.
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On #MothersDay, we are honored the courage and ingenuity of mothers around the world who are standing up, speaking out, and challenging injustice, starting with the feminist moms in our network!
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JASS and Move to End Violence organized a 10-day women-to-women cross-border exchange among 21 women of color activists leading grassroots women’s organizing in the U.S., with JASS Mesoamerica and our allies from Guatemala and Honduras. The exchange aimed to build cross-border connections and learning, and explore how to connect our strategies to combat violence, climate change, corruption, and the crises of governance in our countries.
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The words of Shirley Chisholm sum up 2018 perfectly: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” This year, women all over the world mobilized in large numbers and so loudly that the tables were rattling and folding chairs lining up.
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JASS ED Lisa VeneKlasen and James Savage of the Fund for Global Human Rights examine how front-line defenders lead the way on the protection of activists and communities in this new article, Power and Safety: Rethinking Protection for Human Rights Defenders.
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