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Urgent Actions & Appeals

We are deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Honduran activist—our sister and friend—Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of COPINH. Read JASS' official statement.
Read the demands compiled and shared by the Cáceres Family and COPINH. There has been "total secrecy that surrounds the investigation of her assassination and the attempts to criminalize members of COPINH and other human rights defenders..."

Regional

Women are stepping into this moment of crisis with great resolve, creativity, and resilience. Rather than hear from us, hear directly from these women leaders.
COVID-19 has killed thousands, infected millions, and changed our way of life. JASS spoke to our staff and allies on four continents about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives, their communities and the work they do.
Since 2012, we have collaborated with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and other regional and local partners to hear first-hand from indigenous and rural women leading the defense of land and territory against corrupt mining and extractive projects. Learn more here.

Blog Entries

They say coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, that it puts us all at risk, that it dictates an equally threatening future for all humankind. But the measures that have been implemented in Central America to deal with the pandemic are proof of the monumental, pre-existing inequality of our societies.
Now, more than ever, we must pay attention to the body. Today is the time to come together, build a community supported by rituals, and do our best to support and uplift one another, daily.

Resources

Women human rights defenders from 19 countries demand an end to the violence and discrimination that continues to put their lives, rights, and indispensable work for justice and equality at risk. Read their recommendations here.
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

Women Crossing the Line

Berta Cáceres
In honor of Berta Cáceres, we share an earlier piece that spotlights some aspects of her journey as an indigenous leader in last few years. Thank you Berta for crossing many lines of courage and justice.