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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
Valentín has worked with many national civil society organizations on sexual and reproductive rights, youth, grassroots development and legislative advocacy.
This paper articulates a vision for a more feminist UN and recommends both transformative and practical steps that can be taken by a number of actors, including the next Secretary-General, to achieve it. The principles and recommendations outlined here have been offered by leading, feminist thinkers in civil society, philanthropy, academia, as well as current and former UN staff. They were collected and collated by Sarah Gammage, Lyric Thompson and Rachel Clement of the International Center for Research on Women.
2016 has been a year of, "mourning and mobilizing". Despite tough circumstances everywhere, JASS is rich with stories of hope and change. It’s been a busy and exciting year for us and we would like to share some of the highlights that have inspired and affirmed the work we do.
Natasha is a South African qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 years post qualification experience, in senior finance positions at international organizations and in the development and corporate sector in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Monica Corona is a Latin American social scientist with more than 20 years of international experience in gender, development, migration and human rights, with wide experience on policy research and various publications on gender issues and feminization of migration.
“Protection of women defenders must be based on recognizing their existence, but also their contribution to creating better societies,” said a participant during a forum with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst who visited Central American countries to hear directly from defenders about the challenges and risks they face.