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.
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!
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.
“Violence against women is being used as a means of social control; we’re seeing an increase not only in the number of incidents, but also in the cruelty and brutality with which it’s carried out," says Marusia Lopez, JASS Mesoamerica Director.
Launching 2013 on an exciting note, JASS’ Executive Director, Lisa VeneKlasen, will travel to Liberia from January 19 – 24 as part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative's (NWI) 18-women delegation: “Women Forging Peace." Led by Liberian activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, and sister Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, the delegation will meet with the grassroots women leaders from acorss the country, some of who have been the driving force behind the peace and reconciliation movement following years of brutal civil war.


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