Feminism

I sold my first pair of sandals when I was five years old. I was raised on the streets of the city market in Tegucigalpa and I attended school far from my home but only a few blocks away from my refuge – the busy market stalls with their constant noise and rush of people. It was not an easy life, and I was shaped forever by school and the marketplace. The only stability in my life was the instability: I lived in different places to escape the problems my father exposed me to when he abandoned me. However, I was not alone, I was never alone.
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I come from a militant leftist family that always spoke about equality between men and women, although, like many leftist families, we faced challenges when combining theory and practice. These contradictions in my family and later in development and human rights organizations, showed me that equality is not a given – instead, it must be built, which isn’t easy in such a deeply machista society.
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Although originally created in order to develop a common language, and history within the JASS community, we quickly realized the dictionary's potential as a vehicle for the political act of defining our world based on a distinct feminist perspective - one that recognizes how distortions in social, economic, and political power form the basis of inequality and justice.
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"The war on drugs has become a war on women," according to the official report of the 2012 women's rights fact-finding mission to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. To launch this ground-breaking report, JASS and the Nobel Women's Initiative hosted a public event in Washington, DC at the US Institute for Peace.
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                    I love you not for your skin or how your hair done I love you not for your face or how you dress yourself I love you not for your body or how you address yourself
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In the wake of a capitalist culture that thrives on and entrenches inequalities, more than 50 JASS activists came togetherto discuss and share strategies on power, patriarchy and feminist popular education. In addition, JASS conducted a number of sessions at the 2012 AWID International Forum.
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In the beginning of the so called 21st Century, of one of the least civilized planets of the universe, the economic, political, symbolic, social and military power was in the hands of a few sick men who suffered from such a severe misogyny that they had come to despise life itself. The illness had appeared some five or six thousand years earlier, when the male humans discovered that they had something to do with the reproduction of their species.
Power point presentation highlighting how far JASS has come since 2010. What has JASS learned as organization? What has happened by the 3 regions? What are the goals for the future?
Self-care and wellbeing have made a welcome comeback in feminist politics. They have been around for decades, but drifted out of focus and out of favor around the early 1990s as the dominant trends in women’s rights work took other turns. In some respects, the focus on policy and legal rights advocacy, important as that has been and continues to be for fighting inequality and advancing women’s rights, also came along with an unhelpful disconnect and hierarchy between needs and rights.
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