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Thursday, September 5, 2013. From September 6-8, the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) hosted the 2nd Regional Gathering of WHRD in Mesoamerica with the participation of more than 160 women defenders from Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Colombia and others.
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Over 145 international, regional and local organizations from 10 countries have signed a letter addressed to the heads of state of 9 countries in the Americas, - who will participate in the Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA) - highlighting civil society concerns about security policies, human rights, violence against men and women human rights defenders, and other important subjects.
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In a statement released by the Mesoamerican WHRD Initiative (IMD), more than 200 women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica recognize and support the historic trial of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for their role in the Guatemalan genocide.
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We as feminist organizations are deeply concerned about the grave escalation of violence in Honduras, and the huge number of femicides (violent murders of women motivated by gender discrimination, 285 cases from January to October 2010).  
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With Action Aid International, JASS facilitated a structured participatory process for women's rights activists to document stories that reflect innovative insights and lessions for navigating, resisting and engaging power.
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With the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place in New York (March 4-15), IM-Defensoras send a plea to CSW to take effective measures to eradicate violence against women human rights defenders. The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders 
On the 25thand 26th of January, the National Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Network convened a meeting of more than 60 indigenous, rural and mestiza WHRD.  Dedicated to the defense and promotion of the human rights of women, they gathered from diverse regions of the country for the Third National Meeting of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico. 
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At the 12th AWID Forum, JASS organized the in-depth session “Access to and Control over Resources: Organizing for Women’s EmPOWERment”. The following section presents some of the key ideas discussed in an attempt to broaden the understanding of access and control of resources from an analysis of power and rights. An example of these power dynamics is illustrated in a case from Guatemala where indigenous women and their communities’ struggle for recognition, rights, and resources threatened by mining industries.
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Attacks against women and women activists are on the rise in Mexico and Central America. Policy analyst and journalist Laura Carlsen details this dangerous trend.  Also available in Spanish (file below) and in English on: America's Program Huffington Post * Photo courtesy of America's Program. 
Reflections from Women’s Movements about Gender and Rights in Practice.
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