Women human rights defenders

After being in and out of prison since 2011, land rights activist Eva Bande was granted presidential pardon and released on Dec. 21. “Granting a pardon [does not stop] cases of land conflicts in the region. The farmers are still struggling,” said Eva in a press conference.
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This report brings you stories and insights from across the JASS network. Here, you'll read how different women see their world and the innovative ways they are challenging abuses of power and building deeply democratic alternatives.
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JASS’ recent participation at the United Nations in Geneva during October 25-30, 2014 had two objectives. The first was to follow up on the 27th session of the Human Right’s Council where important resolutions where passed.  For more information check out the International Service for Human Right’s page: http://www.ishr.ch/news/un-human-rights-council
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We are so excited to announce that the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative—a collaborative effort between JASS Mesoamerica and five partners—received the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14th in Washington DC!
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To our sisters in Gaza: We, the women of JASS in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and the United States, extend our hearts and our solidarity to our Palestinian sisters in Gaza. We strongly condemn the attacks by the state of Israel on communities in Gaza under "Operation Protective Edge" launched on July 7 and the subsequent land invasion. These actions violate the ceasefire agreement, and destroy lives and the chance for a just and lasting peace.
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Across Mexico and Central America, indigenous women are leading their communities in efforts to defend their territories and natural resources against unregulated extraction projects and land grabs in the name of “development.” From Panama to El Salvador, women are exposing the injustices of multinational companies and their governments’ lax policies.
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JASS is proud to announce that the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative has been honored with the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt International Award for Human Rights. This award affirms the importance of women’s perspectives and a movement-building approach to human rights work particularly in violent contexts.
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Join us on Thursday, March 27th at the JASS Office in Washington, D.C. for an event co-hosted by WOLA on the protection of women human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America. Register now!
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Join us in New York for this exciting event on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm EST at the United Nations! Follow us @jass4justice and tag #ProtectWHRDs!
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"We are united in our diversity by a common experience of repression,” explained Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic at an unusual gathering between 30 women human rights defenders in Central America and Mexico and 40 donors committed to advancing social justice and human rights.
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