JASS Mesoamerica

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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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 at risk. Read their recommendations here.
Central America and Mexico – and the United States too – have become places in which too many women’s lives don’t matter. It’s time for a change.
The Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative call on the Honduran government to ensure a just trial for those charged with the murder of Berta Cáceres, land and human rights defender assassinated in 2016.
To Apply: People interested should send their letter of interest, CV, relevant writing sample (in English or Spanish, or both) by September 30, 2018 at the latest to jassmeso.asociadas@gmail.com with the following subject: “Regional Resource Mobilization Coordinator”. No phone calls please.
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Following historical elections in Mexico, there is a need for communities to come together to strengthen social fabric and movements with collective power.
My name is Rosa Chávez, I am a Mayan K’iche’ Kaqchiquel women, poet, artist and educator. For me, naming this identity is and important way of recognizing my ancestors, my past, but also my present. I have published five poetry books and I am part of the editorial committee of the feminist newspaper La Cuerda.
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Read the recommendations of 32 women defenders to states and to the United Nations on how to implement the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and protect women activists from violence.

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