JASS Mesoamerica

This report recognizes the tireless efforts of women activists, who, in the face of discrimination and violence, continue to defend the rights they have won, broadening and deepening democracy and “buen vivir” (living well) throughout the region.
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Join JASS and our allies in New York and Geneva this month: on Sept. 24, event on the Honduras Platform on the UPR, Sept. 27, parallel event to the UN Sustainable Development Summit, and on Sept. 29, side event on Mexico at the UN Human Rights Council. Follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
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Carme Clavel Arcas is a renowned Central American feminist born in Barcelona (Catalonia). In Nicaragua, the country where she currently resides, she helped form the Women's Network Against Violence and Health Network, and she is co-founder of the Center SI Mujer. She worked for the IXCHEN Centers for Women and for the Womens' Secretariat of the Association of Rural Workers (ATC). She was on the Board of Calala, the Women’s Fund of the Spanish government, which she co-founded in 2009, and has been president of the Board of the Central American Fund for Women (FCAM) since 2012. 
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On 22 February 2012, Bettina Cruz was arrested by agents of the Federal Attorney General's office. Her arrest demonstrates the kinds of risk that a woman human rights defender may face but the outcome is proof that you can defend your community’s rights successfully.
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María José Alvarado, 19 year-old Miss Honduras, was found dead and buried in an isolated ravine alongside her sister Sofía Trinidad in Northwest Honduras in mid-November. This story shines a spotlight on the severity and frequency of violence against women in Honduras.
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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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