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This issue of Making Change Happen examines the threats, challenges, strategies and aspirations of indigenous and rural women within the greater JASS community. Why this focus? There is plenty of evidence to indicate that indigenous and rural women are facing increasing difficulties throughout the world.
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U.S. security policy in Mexico and Central America, focused on militarized counter-narcotics efforts known as the war on drugs, has had severely negative effects on the region. This report analyzes the effects in four areas – militarization, drug policy, violence against women and forced migration—and examines the impact of this security policy on three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
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Read reflections about the achievements, lessons and experiences of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative and how it has contributed to the protection of women defenders.  “Paving the Road for Freedom and Equality” highlights the efforts and details the IMD's support of women defenders in Mexico and Central America who carry out their justice work in a context of extreme violence, violence against those who dedicate their lives to justice and the defense of universal human rights.  
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(New York) – The adoption of the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee is a step forward in protecting those who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights, including women’s rights, Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and JASS (Just Associates) said today. Notes:
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In this thought-provoking article, Hope Chigudu shares her inspiring words on the importance of "planting seeds of empowerment in a disempowering context" as she describes the journey of Malawian HIV positive women's courageous fight for decent for health care resources and the rewards that came with it.
"I want to learn more on how to build a movement across the region as a young woman activist.”
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This case study shares the experiences and perceptions of HIV positive women in Malawi who have organized to change how they view themselves, how they are treated and how to demand their right to decent health care.
Thursday, September 5, 2013. From September 6-8, the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) hosted the 2nd Regional Gathering of WHRD in Mesoamerica with the participation of more than 160 women defenders from Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Colombia and others.
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