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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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A new article by JASS ED Lisa VeneKlasen and James Savage (Fund for Global Human Rights) examining how front-line defenders are leading the way on protection strategies for activists and communities.
Women human rights defenders from 19+ countries demand an end to the violence and discrimination that continues to put their lives, rights, and indispensable work at risk. Read their recommendations here.
Central America and Mexico – and the United States too – have become places in which too many women’s lives don’t matter. It’s time for a change.

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