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JASS’ recent participation at the United Nations in Geneva during October 25-30, 2014 had two objectives. The first was to follow up on the 27th session of the Human Right’s Council where important resolutions where passed.  For more information check out the International Service for Human Right’s page: http://www.ishr.ch/news/un-human-rights-council
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We are so excited to announce that the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative—a collaborative effort between JASS Mesoamerica and five partners—received the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14th in Washington DC!
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With both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit underway at the UN, far more important than official declarations will be who is allowed to speak and to be heard. Whose voice matters in this clash of worldviews.
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This issue of Making Change Happen examines the threats, challenges, strategies and aspirations of indigenous and rural women within the greater JASS community. Why this focus? There is plenty of evidence to indicate that indigenous and rural women are facing increasing difficulties throughout the world.
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U.S. security policy in Mexico and Central America, focused on militarized counter-narcotics efforts known as the war on drugs, has had severely negative effects on the region. This report analyzes the effects in four areas – militarization, drug policy, violence against women and forced migration—and examines the impact of this security policy on three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
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Across Mexico and Central America, indigenous women are leading their communities in efforts to defend their territories and natural resources against unregulated extraction projects and land grabs in the name of “development.” From Panama to El Salvador, women are exposing the injustices of multinational companies and their governments’ lax policies.
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Nine years after the last official visit to Mexico, JASS organized an unofficial visit from the Special Rapporteur which served as a useful benchmark to assess Mexican women’s access to a life free of violence.
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"We are united in our diversity by a common experience of repression,” explained Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic at an unusual gathering between 30 women human rights defenders in Central America and Mexico and 40 donors committed to advancing social justice and human rights.
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February 18, 2014Mexico City, Mexico Open Letter to: Enrique Peña Nieto, Presidente de México Barack Obama, President of the United States
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As an educator and community leader with limitless energy, Margarita Martinez’s strength and personality touches all those who meet her. Despite the risks of doing her human rights work, she has stood up to those who want to silence her – she has become a women human rights defender and a true inspiration.
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