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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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On 22 February 2012, Bettina Cruz was arrested by agents of the Federal Attorney General's office. Her arrest demonstrates the kinds of risk that a woman human rights defender may face but the outcome is proof that you can defend your community’s rights successfully.
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Zimbabwean activist, Prayers Mushava, shares her powerful story of how she became an activist: "The reality of what it means to be a woman became [even] clearer when I met JASS in 2013. I began to see life through a feminist lens and realized that disobedience can be celebrated, especially if it aims to defeat structures that harden women’s lives whilst privileging men."
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María José Alvarado, 19 year-old Miss Honduras, was found dead and buried in an isolated ravine alongside her sister Sofía Trinidad in Northwest Honduras in mid-November. This story shines a spotlight on the severity and frequency of violence against women in Honduras.
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In November, a Kenyan woman was stripped naked by a mob of men at a city bus stop in Nairobi and the brutal attack was caught in graphic detail on video. Her crime? Wearing a miniskirt which was deemed ‘indecent.'
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After being in and out of prison since 2011, land rights activist Eva Bande was granted presidential pardon and released on Dec. 21. “Granting a pardon [does not stop] cases of land conflicts in the region. The farmers are still struggling,” said Eva in a press conference.
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During 16 Days of Activism on December 9, JASS Crossregional Program Director, Carrie Wilson spoke at a White House Rally on behalf of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict—which JASS is a member of the advisory committee. This rally called on U.S.
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