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As Heads of State from Mexico, Central America and the United States prepare to meet for the Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in Costa Rica on May 4 and 5th, JASS (Just Associates), the America's Program, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission-USA and the Center for Economic and Policy Research collaborated, with others, to
We as feminist organizations are deeply concerned about the grave escalation of violence in Honduras, and the huge number of femicides (violent murders of women motivated by gender discrimination, 285 cases from January to October 2010).  
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This year’s International Women’s Day sought to publicize the rampant problem of violence against women. While every country is fraught with different forms and levels of violence against women, it is clear that in times of instability, women pay the highest price. This is precisely the case in Mesoamerica.
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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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