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These days, Cristina lives in Guerrero, one of the most impoverished and militarized municipalities in Mexico. But her journey as a human rights activist began in Mexico City as a university student protesting alongside the women of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez about the rise in femicides and the disappearances of women.
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In a statement released by the Mesoamerican WHRD Initiative (IMD), more than 200 women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica recognize and support the historic trial of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for their role in the Guatemalan genocide.
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On the heels of the Constitutional referendum, JASS SNA Regional Coordinator, Shereen Essof  launched her book, SheMurenga: The Zimbabwe Women’s Movement 1995-2000 in Harare and led a five women panel of dynamic and storied feminist activists spanning generations of organizing in Zimbabwe.  
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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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In this blog, Maggie Mapondera confronts some of the dangerous and disturbing myths and fairy tales that fuel the engines of a world driven by patriarchy and inequality, and a society that condones and perpetuates violence against women.
Southeast Asian women literally shook the streets in an unconventional celebration of Valentine's Day on February 14. In Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines, women activists from JASS Southeast Asia held simultaneous activities as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against.
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On February 14, 2013, people around the world celebrated One Billion Rising Campaign to End Violence Against Women. Given that One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, this campaign encouraged women and men to stand up against violence. It encouraged everyone to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP AND DEMAND an end to this violence. Watch women and men in Indonesia, Cambodia & the Philippines RISE!
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With the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place in New York (March 4-15), IM-Defensoras send a plea to CSW to take effective measures to eradicate violence against women human rights defenders. The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders 
As an avid fan of the TV show, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I couldn’t help but take interest in its latest episode which was receiving a lot of outrage over its portrayal of a fictional celebrity couple that mimicked real life couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown’s violent relationship.

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