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JASS Mesoamerica’s Daysi Flores gives a personal account of the impact of Berta Cáceres’ death on her life and activism: “I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day before she was murdered. We were talking about a workshop we were doing together on collective healing and power. The last thing she said to me was, “Take care, compita.”
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For JASS, 2014 was a year of recognition, impact and going deeper in our movement-building strategies to support women and organizations leading social justice efforts. Our sustained efforts in equipping activists and networks at the community level generated global impact and opportunities for women’s voice, visibility and collective power on human rights. The report highlights some of the key moments that stood out.
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JASS joins other human rights organizations in condemning the coordinated campaign gaining greater coverage in the Mexican media against the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI, by its acronym in Spanish) which is providing crucial technical assistance in the investigation of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have launched deportation raids of Central American families seeking refuge from extreme violence. We call for an immediate halt to the raids and urge the U.S. policy makers to review and reconsider U.S. policies toward Central America that have contributed to the conditions that force families to leave their homes.
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We're living in an undeclared war, staring into the eyes of death daily. People who don’t know the kind of insecurity women human rights defenders confront every day can’t imagine how hope helps us to survive. The women of Honduras want others to know that we are building a more peaceful and just world every day, and they can join us.
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This report recognizes the tireless efforts of women activists, who, in the face of discrimination and violence, continue to defend the rights they have won, broadening and deepening democracy and “buen vivir” (living well) throughout the region.
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Everywhere at the Human Rights Council (HRC) the catchphrase on everyone’s tongue is “shrinking spaces for civil society”. But what does it mean, really? How are activists grappling with this “shrinking space” in their work? To try and find out a little more, JASS Southern Africa's Maggie Mapondera interviewed activists from as far afield as Mongolia, Brazil and India to learn from their experiences and analysis.
"The attack on the unarmed demonstrators was a cowardly act on the part of the police." says Thinzar Shunlei Yi, in response to the violent police crackdown on 200 students who were peacefully protesting against the new National Education Law on March 10th.
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From June 17-18, twenty-five Southeast Asian researchers, human rights advocates, grassroots leaders, and activists came together for a conversation about the changing context in Southeast Asia and its impact on women, women’s rights and women’s activism.
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