JASS Mesoamerica

This report brings you stories and insights from across the JASS network. Here, you'll read how different women see their world and the innovative ways they are challenging abuses of power and building deeply democratic alternatives.
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On International Human Rights Day 2014, JASS shares the stories of women survivors across Mexico who launched the campaign: Breaking the Silence, All Together against Sexual Torture.
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As the fifth anniversary of the coup d’état passes, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will conduct an onsite visit to Honduras between December 1-5, 2014. Follow us with the hashtag, #HondurasEnLaMira.
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In September, JASS Southeast Asia and JASS Mesoamerica converged in New York with a delegation of indigenous women leaders who have been part of our leadership schools and women human rights defenders strategies in both regions.Their convergence matched another—the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the People’s Climate March—bringing together diverse agendas, from activism on climate change to indigenous people’s rights.
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Despite international pressure, public outrage and a digging effort that has unearthed 60 unidentified graves, the forty-three students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Mexico on September 26 are yet to be found.
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Join JASS for two important events on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC this week:
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JASS’ recent participation at the United Nations in Geneva during October 25-30, 2014 had two objectives. The first was to follow up on the 27th session of the Human Right’s Council where important resolutions where passed.  For more information check out the International Service for Human Right’s page: http://www.ishr.ch/news/un-human-rights-council
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We are so excited to announce that the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative—a collaborative effort between JASS Mesoamerica and five partners—received the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14th in Washington DC!
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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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