JASS Mesoamerica

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.
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.
Read day-to-day accounts by journalist and JASS-ally Laura Carlsen of our 3-day workshop with women land and territory defenders in Mesoamerica.
Read our initial reflections document from our 2017 convening, Defending Rights in Hostile Contexts, co-organized with the Fund for Global Human Rights.
Meet Dalila, one of the leaders of Madre Tierra. Her organization advocates for rural women’s equal access to land, a right that Guatemalan women have on paper but not always in practice.
Check out some highlights from 2016 in our Annual Report.
Learn about the courageous organizing initiatives of four extraordinary networks that we have helped to build, accompany, and sustain.
Today, JASS honors the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, a political alliance that strengthens and mobilizes women human rights defenders in the volatile and increasingly violent contexts of Mesoamerica.
As JASS in Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia, we express our collective concern about the growing violence, violations of basic political and civil rights, and deterioration of democratic institutions in Honduras in the context of the very contested elections.


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