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From February 15-20, JASS’ Board and Regional Directors gathered for a series of meetings in Washington DC to develop a vision, plan and agenda for what JASS will become by 2020. This time was filled with exciting events including a panel discussion on the political empowerment of women at George Washington University as well as a fun dinner party with the Crossregional team.
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At the 12th AWID Forum, JASS organized the in-depth session “Access to and Control over Resources: Organizing for Women’s EmPOWERment”. The following section presents some of the key ideas discussed in an attempt to broaden the understanding of access and control of resources from an analysis of power and rights. An example of these power dynamics is illustrated in a case from Guatemala where indigenous women and their communities’ struggle for recognition, rights, and resources threatened by mining industries.
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Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, known as Lolita is a leader of the Council of K’iche’ Peoples in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth and Territory (CPK). Her organization groups 87 communities and their traditional authorities that work to protect their lands, resources and territory.
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On the heels of the massacre of 7 k’iche and kaqchikel indigenous activists in Totonicapán, Guatemala during peaceful protests on October 4th, Guatemala’s government continues to deny responsibility and fails to reign in transnational mining companies whose illegal land grabs displace communities. These land seizures and mining activities have contributed to high levels of poverty, illness, violence and death, leaving indigenous women to bear the brunt.
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Final Report for the Americas Social Forum held in Guatemale in October of 2008.
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Synthesis report of the fact-finding mission held in Guatemala initatied by the Petateras of Guatemala, in coordination with Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) and JASS (Just Associates).
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Although Peace Accords were signed in 1996, putting an end to 36 years of internal armed conflict, the people of Guatemala still do not live in peace. While it's true that organized citizen groups have made great gains in access to justice and human rights, violence has increased over the past years due to the spread of abuses by powerful drug cartels, organized crime and state security forces. The nation’s femicide rate is now among the highest in Latin America, with more than 5,000 women and girls murdered between 2008 and 2015.
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Sinergia No’j was founded in 2006 with the objective of strengthening the leadership of social movements, in particular those of indigenous peoples, women and youth in Guatemala. Their work is focused on training and leadership development processes through Schools with indigenous and youth leaders and in strengthening organizations that work with women’s and feminist movements. As an institutional partner, JASS collaborates with Sinergia to accompany indigenous women communicators and support women defenders in Guatemala and across the region.
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"The war on drugs has become a war on women," according to the official report of the 2012 women's rights fact-finding mission to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. To launch this ground-breaking report, JASS and the Nobel Women's Initiative hosted a public event in Washington, DC at the US Institute for Peace.
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"The war on drugs has become a war on women" says the new report from the women’s rights fact-finding mission organized by JASS and the Nobel Women’s Initiative in January 2012.
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