Regional Articles Archives for July 2015

The growing trend of criminalizing activists has become the number one approach for silencing activists who speak out against the devastating impacts of extractive projects on their lives. In this risky context, strengthening indigenous women’s safety is vital.

“Khmer tradition dictates that women should just stay at home...My passion is to make women claim their rightful place in society even if it takes being behind these prison bars to prove this point,” said Kong Chantha, Cambodian land rights activist, while imprisoned, in December 2014.

At the 29th Human Rights Council (HRC) session in Geneva, JASS Southern Africa’s Maggie Mapondera joined other activists in pushing states to recognize the urgent need to protect human rights defenders, particularly those defending women’s, sexual and reproductive, and LGBTI rights.