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If there is one thing we can say about this past year, it is that 2017 was the year of women. We were in the streets in dozens of countries – wearing pink hats, no less! We reclaimed our time and we broke the silence.
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This booklet spotlights.our extraordinary networks that we have helped build, accompany and sustain. You will learn not only what women confront in hostile contexts, but also how they courageously respond with creative strategies that account for safety and risk and offer alternative solutions that support entire communities
The growing trend of criminalizing activists has become the number one approach for silencing activists who speak out against the devastating impacts of extractive projects on their lives. In this risky context, strengthening indigenous women’s safety is vital.
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Central America and Mexico – and the United States too – have become places in which too many women’s lives don’t matter. It’s time for a change.
Today, JASS honors the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, a political alliance that strengthens and mobilizes women human rights defenders in the volatile and increasingly violent contexts of Mesoamerica.
Join us and our allies in sharing stories and tools for cross-movement power and change including the launches of WeRise: Movement Building Reimagined – JASS' online resource kit and platform, ICTs for Feminist Movement Building Activist Toolkit, and DefendHer, a women human rights defenders digital campaign.
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Carme Clavel Arcas is a renowned Central American feminist born in Barcelona (Catalonia). In Nicaragua, the country where she currently resides, she helped form the Women's Network Against Violence and Health Network, and she is co-founder of the Center SI Mujer. She worked for the IXCHEN Centers for Women and for the Womens' Secretariat of the Association of Rural Workers (ATC). She was on the Board of Calala, the Women’s Fund of the Spanish government, which she co-founded in 2009, and has been president of the Board of the Central American Fund for Women (FCAM) since 2012. 
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Join JASS in celebrating International Women’s month! From Cambodia and Zimbabwe to the U.S.A. and Switzerland, follow JASS and our partners in making women’s voices and alternatives heard by policymakers and influencers in key global events.
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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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