Honduras

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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"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.
An accomplished artist and photographer, Ana Luisa brings a combination of creative and artistic talents, tech skills, and infectious energy to her work in all JASS regions. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ana Luisa has played a key role in generating JASS’ lively and alternative communications, especially in the sparky short videos she edits, while her arresting graphic design and color palettes established a distinct identity for JASS publications and web presence.
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As social, political and economic instability dominates headlines worldwide, members of JASS’ international community are providing their own take on what this means for women’s rights, equality, and wellbeing. Check out JASS’ up-to-the-minute frontline analyses on patriarchy, feminist movement building and security from our annual Crossregional Dialogue in April.
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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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