Women human rights defenders

“Protection of women defenders must be based on recognizing their existence, but also their contribution to creating better societies,” said a participant during a forum with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst who visited Central American countries to hear directly from defenders about the challenges and risks they face.
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The majority of indigenous women of Indonesia face multiple challenges in their daily lives: being a woman, being an indigenous woman, and being a rural poor indigenous woman. For Pipi Supeni, an indigenous woman from the Dayak Benuaq tribe of East Kalimantan, being constantly in the margins is not a hopeless situation. Representing her organizations, she leads her community in raising indigenous women’s awareness of their rights. Read more…
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JASS Southeast Asia joins regional and international human rights allies in expressing its solidarity with the Filipino farmers and Lumad indigenous peoples who stood up for their right to food and resources. JASS likewise condemns the violent dispersal of the farmers and indigenous peoples in Kidapawan, North Cotabato on 1 April 2016 where 29 women are detained, including three pregnant women and six elderly individuals.
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The daughter of slain Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres called Friday for an immediate halt to the controversial dam project which the renowned human rights leader had mounted a decade long fight to stop.
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This year’s One Day, One Voice (ODOV) theme, “Our Rights, Our Resources, Our Life”, JASS will spotlight the courageous ways women are defending their rights on resources—e.g. land, water, food) and social services like education—against governments, private firms and corporate interests.
The growing trend of criminalizing activists has become the number one approach for silencing activists who speak out against the devastating impacts of extractive projects on their lives. In this risky context, strengthening indigenous women’s safety is vital.
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Long time Honduran feminist activist, Gladys Lanza's 18month prison sentence is a verdict aimed at sending a powerful message to all defenders of women’s rights in the country: “If you don’t want to be prosecuted, stay silent.”
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In honor of Berta Cáceres, we share an earlier piece that spotlights some aspects of her journey as an indigenous leader in last few years. Thank you Berta for crossing many lines of courage and justice.
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This 2 pager highlights the innovative work of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, launched in 2010 to develop a comprehensive and regionally-relevant response to increased violence against women human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America.
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As JASS (Just Associates) in Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia, we express our collective concern about the growing violence, violations of basic political and civil rights, and deterioration of democratic institutions in Honduras in the context of the very contested elections.

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