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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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Targeted killing of women—including women human rights defenders—has risen alarmingly in recent years in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, reaching crisis proportions, says a new report. In January 2012, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and JASS (Just Associates) organized a 10-day fact-finding mission to these countries led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum to review the situation of violence against women.
La Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos, Guatemala (UDEFEGUA) was founded in 2004 with the objective of promoting the security of human rights defenders in Guatemala and to contribute to the protection of the political space in which they work. The Unit’s programs support threatened human rights defenders and their organizations, and advise them about prevention and response to threats and attacks, through the provision of information, training, monitoring and psychological support.
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A power point presentation on the resistance & struggle for resources by women in the Polochic Valley in Guatemala.
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JASS Mesoamerica and regional allies have partnered with the Nobel Women’s Initiative to organize a twelve-day fact-finding mission to some of the most violent countries in the world. 15 delegates from Canada and the U.S.
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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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“The war on drugs and increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala is becoming a war on women,” said Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jody Williams, during a high level women’s fact-finding mission in January co-coordinated by JASS and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.
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