Honduras

With the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place in New York (March 4-15), IM-Defensoras send a plea to CSW to take effective measures to eradicate violence against women human rights defenders. The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders 
Women from around the country have joined the STEP BY STEP March(Caminata PASO A PASO) to demand national sovereignty; to say no to mining exploitation, no to model cities, demand justice and the liberty of Chavelo (a rural worker condemned for defending right to land), and to demand an end to violence against women in Honduras.
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Press release stating that in a show of solidarity, women throughout the Americas are mobilizing to pressure the US government and international organizations to take a stronger stand against the June 28 coup in Honduras. Rallies will take place Wednesday July 22, in at least 10 cities including Tegucigalpa, Honduras, San Jose, Costa Rica, Mexico City, and Washington, DC.
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In opposition to the coup d’état that occurred in Honduras on June 28th, Honduran Feminists in Resistancehas called for a rally on Wednesday, July 22nd, at 10am (local ti me) in front of U.S. Embassies and other U.S.government insti tuti ons across the Americas.
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The Women in Resistance from Honduras seek to communicate to all the countries of the world their opposition to the coup against the state of Honduras that occurred the 28th of June.
Since the 2009 coup d'etat, the country has experienced a sharp rise in violations of human rights, gender-based violence and assassinations, particularly against members of the pro-democracy movement that formed to oppose the coup. The post-coup governments have reversed gains in women’s reproductive and sexual rights, labor rights and rural land reforms.
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I sold my first pair of sandals when I was five years old. I was raised on the streets of the city market in Tegucigalpa and I attended school far from my home but only a few blocks away from my refuge – the busy market stalls with their constant noise and rush of people. It was not an easy life, and I was shaped forever by school and the marketplace. The only stability in my life was the instability: I lived in different places to escape the problems my father exposed me to when he abandoned me. However, I was not alone, I was never alone.
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A social and feminist institution, CDM is committed to defending and promoting women’s human rights in Honduras through legal aid, legal education, advocacy and community-organizing. Their objective is to contribute to the construction of an inclusive democracy committed to women’s human rights and to end violence against women.
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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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