JASS Mesoamerica

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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None of us could have anticipated that the final phase of our Leadership Transition at JASS, my stepping into the role of Executive Director, would coincide with a global pandemic!
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In the wake of COVID-19, JASS has made some exciting organizational pivots. Embedded in our DNA is agility and responsiveness to changing contexts and crises. We are proud at how we have been able to move quickly and leverage our staff who are embedded in the movements we support to rethink our work in response to this moment. These shifts are ensuring that we help our allies and constituencies meet immediate practical needs while simultaneously finding creative ways to strengthen and support strategic organizing based on these needs in a rapidly shifting context. 
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The JASS community gathered in Mexico City in February. Read all the exciting insights and reflections.
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This Thursday, JASS is launching its virtual dialogue series, Women Radically Transforming a World in Crisis. Please join us! Thursday, April 2, 13:00 hrs UTC (check for your time zone) 
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These times of uncertainty and crisis are also times of solidarity, care and the building of new forms of community. To speak to this moment, JASS is excited to offer a series of virtual dialogues – Women Radically Transforming a World in Crisis!
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In celebration of legacies and collective leadership, you’re invited to cross the line with JASS. Make a donation today!
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