JASS Mesoamerica

Declaration of the Nobel Women's Initiative ConferenceonWomen Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice and EqualityAntigua, GuatemalaMay 10-12, 2009   [The declaration was drafted by JASS board members: Malena de Montis and Srilatha Batliwala with input from all participants.]
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After the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference in Antigua, a group of us – Petateras, JASS, FIRE, and key international allies – conducted an Observatorio and Fact-Finding Mission on the situation of violence against women in Guatemala. 
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The morning sessions conclude with energy and enthusiasm high among the participants of the international strategy conference, Women Redefining Democracy, coordinated by the Nobel Women's Initiative. 
The Nobel Women's Initiative's (NWI) Women Redefining Democracy International Conference in which 120 women from 36 countries gathered in Guatemala to discuss the role of women in redefining democracy as well as formulating strategies on how to bridge the gap between women's human rights and democracy.
March 25, 2009 - Gladys Monterroso, lawyer, University professor, and Secretary General of the Encuentro por Guatemala party, and wife of Human Rights Ombudsman Sergio Morales, was kidnapped in Guatemala City on Wednesday March 25 at 7am and released 13 hours later. She was interrogated and burned with cigarettes on different parts of her body; no ransom was demanded. The Guatemala Human Rights Commission and our Guatemalan partners (including UDEFEGUA, CALDH, CIIDH, GAM, SEDEM, IECCEG and ODHAG) express outrage concerning this attack.
JASS and our Mesoamerican allies, Las Petateras, are attending the 11th Feminist Forum in Mexico City. Martha Sanchez, an indigenous leader from Mexico, carried the opening plenary with her outspoken and fiery commentary.
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