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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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Patricia is a Guatemalan feminist who studied social anthropology and has more than 30 years experience working with grassroots movements throughout Central America. She is a co-founder of JASS, a member of the Alquimia School team and is currently the co-director of JASS Mesoamerica and a member of JASS's global coordinating group, working on issues designated as high priority by the organization.
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“We are Mesoamerican women, we demand respect for our rights; we are women communicators and our voices are power.” Indigenous and rural women communicators from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama gathered to amplify their voices
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Worldwide, soaring food prices, mounting unemployment, Wall Street scandals, and countries on the brink of financial default have given rise to protests that have brought down entire governments. Citizens everywhere are mobilizing to demand accountability for the global financial crisis. As media and opinion leaders race to make sense of these burgeoning political movements, they are hardly a new phenomenon.
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