Feminist movement-building

This year’s International Women’s Day sought to publicize the rampant problem of violence against women. While every country is fraught with different forms and levels of violence against women, it is clear that in times of instability, women pay the highest price. This is precisely the case in Mesoamerica.
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“When a woman goes to a police station to report domestic violence in Malaysia, the police ask questions such as ‘how many children do you have?’ or ‘do you love your husband?’ Then she is told to go back home,” says Manohara Subramaniam of JASS Southeast Asia. This situation is so familiar. It happens in Malaysia, in all countries of Southeast Asia and in many places across the globe.
From February 15-20, JASS’ Board and Regional Directors gathered for a series of meetings in Washington DC to develop a vision, plan and agenda for what JASS will become by 2020. This time was filled with exciting events including a panel discussion on the political empowerment of women at George Washington University as well as a fun dinner party with the Crossregional team.
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“Violence against women is being used as a means of social control; we’re seeing an increase not only in the number of incidents, but also in the cruelty and brutality with which it’s carried out," says Marusia Lopez, JASS Mesoamerica Director.
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Wendy Maw is a 21-year-old trailblazer from Burma. “I need to learn a lot of new things. I have a huge task being a trainer in human rights education. I have to give the right message to the people.”
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On the 25thand 26th of January, the National Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Network convened a meeting of more than 60 indigenous, rural and mestiza WHRD.  Dedicated to the defense and promotion of the human rights of women, they gathered from diverse regions of the country for the Third National Meeting of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico. 
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Twenty-six women – Liberian and their visitors – several small children and a few men are pressed into the round, mud-walled hut.
“In Zimbabwe we are anticipating elections and a referendum in 2013, and previously our experience has been that women face rape and sexual violence in these circumstances,” says Tariro Tandi of the Musasa Project, a JASS partner that focuses on violence against women in Zimbabwe.
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