Mesoamerica - Amplifying Women's Voices

 

JASS Mesoamerica collaborates with dozens of regional women’s groups to strengthen and amplify the voices of women on the frontlines.

Women’s rights struggles, movements and issues rarely make headlines. Complicating matters, the particular nature of violence women face is not fully understood nor reflected in the work of traditional human rights institutions.

To confront these problems, JASS continues to mobilize flexible resources, alternative media and the support of respected citizens and groups to amplify women’s voices and struggles for justice. Through our communication and media strategies, we work to spotlight the specific forms of violence women activists’ experience and the creative strategies they employ in response. Since 2006, we have activated over 100 urgent actions and numerous fact‐finding missions to highlight their work and challenges. Collaborating with JASS’ regional Alquimia training program and the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative we facilitate ongoing communications’ training workshops with diverse women activists.

JASS Mesoamerica contributes to building and sharing a feminist analysis that celebrates women’s movements and contributions. To this end, we:

  • establish partnerships with journalists in both feminist and mass media;
  • support dialogue among Mesoamerican women and mainstream media;
  • facilitate communication resources for urgent actions;
  • promote the political use of new communication tools and technologies; and
  • use alternative and mass media to disseminate the struggles, demands and proposals of women human rights defenders and their organizations. 

Communicate to Transform: ICT training

We convene regional trainings on information and communication technologies (ICT) with   women activists such as indigenous leaders who often lack access to mainstream ICT tools.  Coordinated with JASS’ Alquimia program and Guatemalan partner Sinergia No'j, this innovative training process focuses on a feminist perspective of communication and media. It encourages a critical analysis of media images, language and discourses about women that are too often based on gender, class and racial stereotypes. This process highlights the importance of understanding communication as a right and as a form of citizen expression. Given our focus on indigenous and rural women, these ICT trainings highlight particular tools and communications strategies appropriate to their contexts including the use of community radio and blogs, and the production of communications tools, such as radio segments and videos. 

Spotlighting Women’s Mobilizations

Since 2006, JASS Mesoamerica has mobilized media support and action to bring visibility and legitimacy to women’s rights issues and organizing. In collaboration with various regional allies, including Las Petateras, JASS has accompanied and co-convened 11 Observatorios de la Transgresión Feminista, a political organizing and media strategy that activates international, regional and national solidarity for women’s struggles. JASS also partners with prominent organizations, such as the Nobel Women’s Initiative - by tapping the star power of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, JASS promotes international visibility of women’s rights efforts and their contributions to human rights and justice.

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