JASS Mesoamerica

The growing trend of criminalizing activists has become the number one approach for silencing activists who speak out against the devastating impacts of extractive projects on their lives. In this risky context, strengthening indigenous women’s safety is vital.
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Long time Honduran feminist activist, Gladys Lanza's 18month prison sentence is a verdict aimed at sending a powerful message to all defenders of women’s rights in the country: “If you don’t want to be prosecuted, stay silent.”
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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.
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This 2 pager highlights the innovative work of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, launched in 2010 to develop a comprehensive and regionally-relevant response to increased violence against women human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America.
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This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Belém do Pará Convention. As we commemorate this important event, we celebrate the feminist movements that, by invoking the Convention, have influenced the drafting of laws on violence against women, undertaken awareness campaigns, and supported legal and health services for women throughout the Americas.
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Today, JASS honors the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, a political alliance that strengthens and mobilizes women human rights defenders in the volatile and increasingly violent contexts of Mesoamerica.
As JASS (Just Associates) in Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia, we express our collective concern about the growing violence, violations of basic political and civil rights, and deterioration of democratic institutions in Honduras in the context of the very contested elections.
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