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Check out this original spoken word, inspired by the death of Berta Caceres and the US 2016 presidential election, written by Emery Bright.
Winnet is a Zimbabwean feminist activist and her activism is informed by her personal experiences. At 18, during her high school leavers’ dinner, Winnet was arrested by police agents along with a friend and she was charged for “loitering for the purposes of prostitution”. Winnet has faced numerous arrests after this incident, and this gave rise to her passion to work with sex workers. She has helped organize and mobilize sex workers in Harare. Winnet's work focuses on women’s bodily autonomy and interrogating power and patriarchy's impact on women's sexual and reproductive rights.
Italia Mendez refuses to be known the rest of her life as “one of the Atenco victims”. So instead she has become an outspoken global crusader against sexual torture by the state. In May of 2006, Mexican police rounded up Italia and more than two hundred other protestors in a violent crackdown in the village of Atenco, Mexico State. They were taken into custody and driven more than 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) to a state prison. During the hellish ride, the police sexually tortured the 47 women. The torture continued even after arriving at the prison.
I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day she was murdered. I never imagined that later this year I would be in a demonstration along with almost a thousand women in Honduras asking for justice for her murder. Sometimes, I still can hear her voice.
Co-created by Just Associates Southern Africa, Association for Progressive Communications and Women’sNet, South Africa Amplify Women’s Voices!
We are MOBILIZING HOPE during this year's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence! Join us every day as we feature 16 women activists who at the forefront of many justice efforts. They will inspire and give you hope -- a true testament to the power of organizing, even in the most dire of times.
Thousands of Southeast Asian women and men will join together in solidarity with women human rights defenders at risk during JASS Southeast Asia’s regional One Day, One Voice Campaign, which coincides with the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. This year’s theme – “Stand Up For Women Human Rights Defenders” – will include a series of art performances, media events, peace marches, dialogues, bazaars, and film screenings to honor the brave women of Southeast Asia who are defending human rights and precious land and resources.
JASS Board Co-chair and feminist scholar, Srilatha Batliwala, writes about what crossing the line means to her: "I bow my head in salutation to Januba and her mother. I bow my head in silent salutation to all the women around the world who cross the line."
Note: JASS is proud to be a co-signer of the following declaration to support the new International Experts Advisory Group to investigate the murder of our friend and colleague, Berta Cáceres, defender of land, territory, and indigenous and women's rights in Honduras. The undersigned organizations support the creation of the International Experts Advisory Group (GAIPE, by its Spanish initials), formed to collaborate in the investigation of the murder of Berta Cáceres Flores and the attempted murder of human rights defender, Gustavo Castro Soto.
Given the importance of the use of community radio among women grassroots organizers and human rights defenders in Mesoamerica, JASS Honduras began in 2012 to produce the Spanish-language radio program “Tercas con la Esperanza” (Determined to Hope).  In the new edition of programs produced with Radio Progreso and retransmitted by the community radios of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), the program features news and feminist analysis that reaches thousands of Hondurans each THURSDAY FROM 12:00 TO 1:00, local time, and by Internet people all over