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After the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference in Antigua, a group of us – Petateras, JASS, FIRE, and key international allies – conducted an Observatorio and Fact-Finding Mission on the situation of violence against women in Guatemala. 
The Nobel Women’s Initiative, in partnership with JASS and the Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation, hosted “Women Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice and Equality,” May 10-12, 2009, in Antigua, Guatemala.
Video of Jody Williams Closes Day Two
Video of End of Day One Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire closes day one of the international conference "Women Redefining Democracy." Participants reflect on the full day of learning and knowledge, and proceed to a lively reception hosted by Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum welcomed participants to the second international conference of the Nobel Women's Initiative in Antigua, Guatemala on May 10th. She introduced the Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala, who welcomed the women on behalf of the President.
I was looking forward to a restful Easter, when on the eve of Good Friday I went into a meeting where I thought I would be in a safe space. This was a feedback meeting from those who had attended the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The UN CSW was held in February 2009 in New York, and a number of Zimbabwean organisations who are seen as the leaders in advocating around gender equality, women’s rights, and anti-stigma and discrimination of vulnerable or marginalised communities.
Is it possible to build a strong transnational organization – part movement, part NGO, part network – that retains flexibility and energy, resists bureaucratization, and truly recognizes and builds on differences? That’s our goal as JASS! In December 2009, we gathered to track our journey, learn from each other and from allies’ experiences, and name the principles that underpin this work

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