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In honor of Berta Cáceres, we share an earlier piece that spotlights some aspects of her journey as an indigenous leader in last few years. Thank you Berta for crossing many lines of courage and justice.
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“I am officially legal,” gay activist Frank Mugisha tweeted shortly after Uganda’s Constitutional Court ground-breaking decision to overrule the country’s notorious anti-gay bill. Uganda’s LGBTI community and human rights activists the world over rightly applauded the ruling. However, activists are asking: is this enough?
Winnet Shamuyarira and Maggie Mapondera recall seven striking things about the Stop Rape Now peaceful protest in Zimbabwe that saw hundreds of women take to the streets to end violence.
JASS Southeast Asia’s Yit Sophorn explains how the young women are standing up to fight against rape and all forms of violence against women in Cambodia.
Young Zimbabwean feminist writer shares how her mother’s resilience inspires her to write women’s stories: "When I tell my mother’s story, I tell it with power and courage, not from the point of view of a sobbing, helpless and defeated being. She is a role model and an inspiration. But most importantly, she is the hero of her own story and not just a victim."
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"The effects of rape mostly affect women; who because of their biological make-up get easily infected with HIV, they get bruised and hurt in the process, they live with permanent hurt and shame, and worse still, in a country where abortion is a crime, they are forced to live with unwanted children of rape, a permanent reminder of the erosion of their dignity."
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Women are wooed. Women are raped. Women are impregnated.Women are abducted. Women are raped. Women become mentally ill.Women are wrongly accused. Women are raped. Women get death threats.Women are raped. Women are raped. Women are raped.Different women, same stories: sexual violence in conflict.
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Our JASS Southeast Asia team in the Philippines report that after more than a decade of persistent grassroots organizing and advocacy, legislation that would guarantee protection for human rights defenders (HRD) may finally come to fruition this year.
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The reflections in this story offer a glimpse of the failed promise of mining as an economic development strategy for people, and underscore the need for local communities and justice activists to define and reclaim the meaning of “development.”
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June 28 marked the 10-year anniversary of the coup that ousted the democratically elected President, Manuel Zelaya. This precipitated a series of political crises and a dramatic decline in the country’s human rights situation that catalyzed a broad-based citizen’s resistance movement. We spoke with JASS Mesoamerica’s Daysi Flores to hear the latest.
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