Women’s human rights

On the heels of the Constitutional referendum, JASS SNA Regional Coordinator, Shereen Essof  launched her book, SheMurenga: The Zimbabwe Women’s Movement 1995-2000 in Harare and led a five women panel of dynamic and storied feminist activists spanning generations of organizing in Zimbabwe.  
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In this blog, Maggie Mapondera confronts some of the dangerous and disturbing myths and fairy tales that fuel the engines of a world driven by patriarchy and inequality, and a society that condones and perpetuates violence against women.
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!
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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 
Twenty-six women – Liberian and their visitors – several small children and a few men are pressed into the round, mud-walled hut.
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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