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My aunt Ann Louise Kerndt, whose name I was given, and whose story left in me, at a very young age, an understanding of the incredible injustice that exists in this world, and how it especially affects women. She gave her life in the battle to make things right, to level the playing field, to empower people to stand up for themselves in the fight for equality and justice.
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From the first moment I read about Sojourner Truth, I fell in love with her intelligence, passion and intellectual clarity in understanding that slavery could not be eliminated without ending the oppression of all women and vice versa. Her original name was Isabella Van Wagenen, born a slave and died as one of the most important legends of feminism and American abolitionism. When she was released from slavery, she decided to change her name and gave herself that beautiful name Sojourner Truth roughly translated as "living the truth."
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Over 145 international, regional and local organizations from 10 countries have signed a letter addressed to the heads of state of 9 countries in the Americas, - who will participate in the Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA) - highlighting civil society concerns about security policies, human rights, violence against men and women human rights defenders, and other important subjects.
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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
As an avid fan of the TV show, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I couldn’t help but take interest in its latest episode which was receiving a lot of outrage over its portrayal of a fictional celebrity couple that mimicked real life couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown’s violent relationship.
From February 15-20, JASS’ Board and Regional Directors gathered for a series of meetings in Washington DC to develop a vision, plan and agenda for what JASS will become by 2020. This time was filled with exciting events including a panel discussion on the political empowerment of women at George Washington University as well as a fun dinner party with the Crossregional team.
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Women are too often the object of violence and the face of poverty,” explains Jean Stokan, Director of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team. Given women’s marginalization due to racism, sexism and their socio-economic status, it is no surprise that working to free women from these oppressive forces is among the five priority concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.
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Having had multiple opportunities to develop and articulate theories of change, I have come to understand it as a technical term for making visible and explicit the assumptions, motivations, rationale behind what we do and why.
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Adelaide was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She completed her BA and BA Honors at Rhodes University and Witwatersrand University in South Africa, respectively. With two degrees in sociology and a minor in law, she decided to study a Master in Social Work (MSW) at Rutgers University to gain field experience. Through this degree, Adelaide completed internships at Who is my neighbor?
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Molly Reilly worked as a strategist and trainer with JASS, coordinating JASS' Education Rights and Resources Project on governance and public school reform in Washington, DC.
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