Dealing with conflict

On August 20th, the Zimbabwe national police occupied the offices of GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe) - a close JASS ally - after demanding entry. Officers confiscated publications and computers. This latest assault comes on the tail of nearly two weeks of aggressive harassment of GALZ members by the police in Zimbabwe, where same-sex activity is outlawed.
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"The Mexican government’s strategy to combat organized crime, should not be at the cost of women’s lives” - On July 16th I had the great honor of sitting next to Margarita Martinez, a spirited human rights defender, mother and educator from Chiapas, Mexico as she proclaimed those words to the current members of the CEDAW Committee (Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) during its 52nd se
"The war on drugs has become a war on women" says the new report from the women’s rights fact-finding mission organized by JASS and the Nobel Women’s Initiative in January 2012.
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The drug war is armed, it is a certainly a conflict--in Mexico it takes far more lives than most conventional wars--and yet it is unrecognized or even denied by governments and misrepresented or censored in the press. The opposing sides do not wear different-colored uniforms or fight on battlefields and many international conventions do not easily apply.
In Mesoamerica 24 women human rights defenders were assassinated between 2010 and 2011. Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) are attacked for being rights defenders and for being women
A power point presentation on the resistance & struggle for resources by women in the Polochic Valley in Guatemala.
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JASS Mesoamerica and regional allies have partnered with the Nobel Women’s Initiative to organize a twelve-day fact-finding mission to some of the most violent countries in the world. 15 delegates from Canada and the U.S.
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“The war on drugs and increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala is becoming a war on women,” said Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jody Williams, during a high level women’s fact-finding mission in January co-coordinated by JASS and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.
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“Approximately 75% of women human rights defenders in Mexico are victims of gender violence,” says a newly released report put out by Consorcio Oaxaca, la Red Mesa de Mujeres Cuidad Juárez and JASS. The investigative report highlights the violence – including threats, murders and rape - faced by Mexican women activists in exercising their work and is based on research conducted for the Regional Baseline Report on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) in Mesoamerica. The first of its kind in the country, the report’s findings were released during a press conference on January 19th in Mexico City. This analysis highlights the violence – including threats, murders and rape – Mexican activists experience.
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