Women human rights defenders

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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Women human rights defenders from 19+ countries demand an end to the violence and discrimination that continues to put their lives, rights, and indispensable work at risk. Read their recommendations here.
The Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative call on the Honduran government to ensure a just trial for those charged with the murder of Berta Cáceres, land and human rights defender assassinated in 2016.
Read the recommendations of 32 women defenders to states and to the United Nations on how to implement the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and protect women activists from violence.

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