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 Mattison is a recent graduate from American University’s School of International Service, where she studied Middle East and North African regional issues, as well as Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights. Mattison was born and raised in Chicago, where she worked on small business development and grassroots organizing until relocating to Washington, where she has been employed at the Arab Center Washington DC and the Public Interest Research Group.
Throughout the world, many feminists and other women activists working for social justice or gender equality are reluctant to recognize themselves as human rights defenders either because they believe their work goes beyond the human rights framework; because they feel that by naming themselves as such, their political identity as feminists becomes blurred; because they think that the term is too focussed on the law or too dangerous in their particular contexts; because they fear retaliations by the State or other groups; or simply because the term does not appeal to them or sometimes  beca
Violence against women activists continues to rise. Unfortunately, despite considerable effort, responses to this violence are coming up short. Given the urgency of the situation, JASS and allies are questioning the underlying assumptions guiding activist safety, and bringing a feminist and movement building perspective to rethinking the approach.
The latest reinstatement and expansion of the Global Gag Rule by President Donald Trump has far-reaching impacts, especially for women in the Global South. Read their response here.
UN Working Group & JASS invite you to the Geneva event on May 17, 2017 to learn from the strategies and challenges of women defenders networks from around the world, and how these same networks combat gender discrimination to ensure an environment of protection and equality all women.
A year on from the assassination of indigenous leader Berta Caceres, five Honduras leaders give six key lessons on carrying on the global fight.
After the unprecedented mobilizations which led to the overthrow of a corrupt president and vice-president, Guatemala now faces a challenge shared by democracies around the world.
Judy M. Taguiwalo, PhD - Editor
A compilation of work from the first movement building workshop in 2009, this publication features Filipino women activists, feminists and other writers. Together, they share the history, challenges, diversity and dynamism of women's movement building in the Philippines