Women human rights defenders

Throughout our history are moments when it seems like collective efforts for justice are hopeless. For every step forward, it feels like we are pushed two steps back, with no finish line in sight. This year feels like one of those moments, where almost everywhere in the world, violence and inequality are deepening, while our very survival is at stake as corrupt governments and corporate interests control and exploit our land and precious natural resources.
A new article by JASS ED Lisa VeneKlasen and James Savage (Fund for Global Human Rights) examining how front-line defenders are leading the way on protection strategies for activists and communities.
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.
This week, 20 years after the United Nations adopted the Resolution on Human Rights Defenders and 5 years after the Resolution on Women Human Rights Defenders, 32 women activists and human rights defenders gather to mark the anniversary. From indigenous leaders protecting their land to women of color organizing for racial justice, these activists – bold defensoras from 18 different countries – bring deep knowledge of the struggle for justice and their own experiences crea
Read day-to-day accounts by journalist and JASS-ally Laura Carlsen of our 3-day workshop with women land and territory defenders in Mesoamerica.
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Read our initial reflections document from our 2017 convening, Defending Rights in Hostile Contexts, co-organized with the Fund for Global Human Rights.
Meet Dalila, one of the leaders of Madre Tierra. Her organization advocates for rural women’s equal access to land, a right that Guatemalan women have on paper but not always in practice.
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Check out some highlights from 2016 in our Annual Report.
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