Alliance-building

Meet two activists from Nigeria and South Africa—Betty Abah and Nomonde Nkosi—saying, "No!" to Big Coal. Despite the distance that separates them and their contexts, their powerful stories illustrate women’s courage, leadership and organization in standing up to multinational corporations.
JASS' Executive Director's hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, signed a proclamation declaring October 18th JASS Day. In celebration, our Santa Fe friends and family—Marg VeneKlasen, Marilyn Bane, Kayle Higinbotham, and Laura Jeffers—hosted the first-ever Women Crossing the Line Symposium and Reception. Lisa, Daysi Flores, and Marusia Lopez addressed a welcoming crowd of more than 50 Santa Fe-ers, eager to support and learn more about JASS’ work to ensure the safety of women activists in Mexico and Central America.
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The Our Bodies, Our Lives Campaign for Better ARVs has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2012. JASS Southern Africa gathered over 18 Malawian partners and allies to reflect on three years of organizing alongside the women activist leaders who drive the campaign within their communities by standing up and speaking out for alternative ARVs, better healthcare and the resources to sustain their lives and livelihoods. For the women, the tangible fruits of this campaign and more than a decade of HIV-AIDS organizing are a strong marker that a movement is not built by one organization but through the learning, sharing, exchange and collaboration of many.
"We are united in our diversity by a common experience of repression,” explained Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic at an unusual gathering between 30 women human rights defenders in Central America and Mexico and 40 donors committed to advancing social justice and human rights.
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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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