Guatemala

JASS is co-leading a fact-finding mission to Honduras and Guatemala with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation. JASS' own Executive Director Lisa Veneklasen will join the delegation, who will hear first-hand testimony from women human rights defenders and indigenous activists defending rights and the environment in violent contexts.
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After the unprecedented mobilizations which led to the overthrow of a corrupt president and vice-president, Guatemala now faces a challenge shared by democracies around the world.
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2016 has been a year of, "mourning and mobilizing". Despite tough circumstances everywhere, JASS is rich with stories of hope and change. It’s been a busy and exciting year for us and we would like to share some of the highlights that have inspired and affirmed the work we do.
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Join us and our allies in sharing stories and tools for cross-movement power and change including the launches of WeRise: Movement Building Reimagined – JASS' online resource kit and platform, ICTs for Feminist Movement Building Activist Toolkit, and DefendHer, a women human rights defenders digital campaign.
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For JASS, 2014 was a year of recognition, impact and going deeper in our movement-building strategies to support women and organizations leading social justice efforts. Our sustained efforts in equipping activists and networks at the community level generated global impact and opportunities for women’s voice, visibility and collective power on human rights. The report highlights some of the key moments that stood out.
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Guatemalan citizens did what many saw as, “the impossible.” Led by university students adept at social media, they mobilized a unified demand for justice that hadn’t been seen in the country in decades—bringing together all Guatemalan voices, including urban middle class, women and indigenous and rural peoples.
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This report brings you stories and insights from across the JASS network. Here, you'll read how different women see their world and the innovative ways they are challenging abuses of power and building deeply democratic alternatives.
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We are so excited to announce that the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative—a collaborative effort between JASS Mesoamerica and five partners—received the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14th in Washington DC!
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With both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit underway at the UN, far more important than official declarations will be who is allowed to speak and to be heard. Whose voice matters in this clash of worldviews.
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This issue of Making Change Happen examines the threats, challenges, strategies and aspirations of indigenous and rural women within the greater JASS community. Why this focus? There is plenty of evidence to indicate that indigenous and rural women are facing increasing difficulties throughout the world.
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