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Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM) was created in 2003 to contribute to guaranteeing the right of Central American women to physical and emotional integrity, economic justice and to promote their participation as leaders in making decisions that affect their lives and communities. FCAM supports grassroots organizations led by and comprised of women, with a special emphasis on young women that work to promote and defend their human rights through grant-making programs, capacity building, accompaniment, monitoring and evaluation.  
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Malena has a long and respected history in Latin America and globally as a women's human rights defender since the 70s. She is a feminist sociologist, popular educator and activist, and holds a doctorate degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts and was awarded a Peace Fellowship with the Bunting Institute, Harvard-Radcliff University. In Nicaragua, she participated actively in the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship with the Sandinista Front, and subsequently held many high-level posts within the Sandinista governments, the party and civil society organizations.
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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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Mesoamerican women activists are uniting and mobilizing to better confront the violence they face as a result of mounting insecurity, continuous violence against human rights defenders and the growing influence of drug cartels, gangs and organized crime on women in the region, As part of their strategy, more than 30 
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Looking back at JASS' Movement Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
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JASS’ Alquimia Leadership School, in partnership with JASS ally, Sinergia N’oj, recently convened 30 indigenous and rural women from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama for a training and strategy workshop on communications for activism. The women immediately put their new skills into action---creating a blog, video, and radio show.
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San Jose. June 7, 2008. (María Suárez Toro, FIRE)
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