Honduras

Just days before the Honduran congress is set to approve a law that would imprison women for using the morning-after pill, even after being raped, women in Honduras have mobilized hundreds of thousands of supporters around the world to sign on to a petition calling on the President of Congress to stand up for women’s rights and reject the law. In February, the Honduran Supreme Court upheld a 2009 ban on emergency contraception pills (ECP), after a campaign by conservative religious groups that equated ECP with abortion. Many JASS allies and staff joined the feminist movement in Honduras in organizing a demonstration in front of the congress in early 2012 and are leading new actions in May.
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Beginning with International Women’s Day, women’s rights activists around the world used the month of March to honor and celebrate women’s movements and their many achievements.
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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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Daysi grew up in a barrio in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has been a feminist since she was 15 years old and now identifies as an eco-feminist. Daysi is a civil engineer, social media and communications expert, environmental activist and a women’s and human rights activist. In 1998, she co-founded the Young Women’s Network of Honduras. Daysi joined the JASS Mesoamerica regional team in November 2009.
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For many people around the world, economic policy is shrouded in the mystique of “expertise” that tends to obscure the politics behind the economics and prevents citizens from participating fully and openly in economic policy making.There is therefore an urgent need to shift decision making power to the larger public especially women.
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(November 25 – December 10, 2011) All over the world, young women are taking to the streets to protest gender-based violence. According to the United Nations, up to 70% of all women experience gender-specific violence in their lifetime. In countries like Zimbabwe and Honduras where governments routinely crack down on democratic expression, women are taking a stand, often risking their lives to demand a halt to militarization, corruption, impunity and economic injustice that fuel violence against women.
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Women are a fundamental part of our society. Their daily work and struggles sustain our social fabric and create a more liberal, just and humane world for us all. In light of this, women are more susceptible to violence, insecurity, a lack of good health and general wellbeing, and diminished personal dignity. The issues affecting women are deeply rooted in structural problems that compromise democratic progress, contribute to the deterioration of society, and result in serious human rights violations against women.
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"The increasingly dangerous reality of insecurity and violence that are plaguing our countries require, more than ever, new strategies and alliances to guarantee the security of women defenders and their activism” said Daysi Flores, MI-WHRD member.
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