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In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, women activists and their organizations are at the forefront of organized efforts to help families meet their basic needs, regroup, and begin to recover. JASS Southeast Asia, together with its Filipina sisters and partners pooled their connections and resources to bring women together and lead the rebuilding process.
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Zambia's first lady surprised the international community when she spoke out on LGBTI rights. Many activists and JASS allies across the region are wondering, what’s next—will those in power begin to formulate concrete policies that will put these words into action, and make a difference in the lives of LGBTI people?
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Mahatma Gandhi used to say, “What is obtained with violence can only be maintained with violence”. It is with violence that the power elite successfully kidnapped democracy in our country. As much as they have wanted to disguise the truth by repeatedly lying in order to convince us that “national reconciliation” is underway, we are aware that this dictatorship that began with a coup d’état continues to destroy our lives and condemn many of us to death.
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Leaders of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)—Berta Cáceres, Tomás Gómez Membreño, and Aureliano Molina—have been erroneously charged with illegal land seizure, coercion, and damages for organizing the Rio Blanco community to protect their ancestral territories from companies that have begun building a dam on
As an educator and community leader with limitless energy, Margarita Martinez’s strength and personality touches all those who meet her. Despite the risks of doing her human rights work, she has stood up to those who want to silence her – she has become a women human rights defender and a true inspiration.
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The dust is yet to settle in Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe was re-elected for the eighth time amidst serious suspicions of widespread vote-rigging. For many the question is: What will happen next?
“They’re already neck-and-neck, heading for a run-off!” That’s a running joke on the streets of Harare as we wait for July 31, the day of Zimbabwe’s national elections.
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Dudziro Nhengu gives us a glimpse of life in Harare as elections approach and shares insights on the contradictions and complexities of (women's) resistance in a challenging, often violent and repressive context.
The work of women human rights defenders is essential to achieving democracy and peace, especially in violent contexts, and supporting their protection and wellbeing is vital. In Mexico and Central America, women defenders are organizing themselves amidst alarming violence against women and activists.
As the next election cycle approaches in Zimbabwe, formulating joint strategies to deal with an established pattern of political violence against women activists while ensuring their safety, security and wellbeing is vital.
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