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Honduran Presidential Elections will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013
While international attention has taken off around the national electoral process—the European Union has sent more than 50 official observers, while a group of Canadian human rights organizations have deployed approximately 180 observers—the role of women activists and importance of protecting women’s rights in Honduras have remained unseen. In response, JASS has teamed up with eight national and regional organizations1 to observe and spotlight the vital role that women activists play in an emerging democracy.
Although named so, the organizations and activists that make up the team are not traditional elections observers. Instead these organizations will focus their attention on the human rights and activism of women before, during and after the electoral process. This group seeks to make visible and deter possible human rights violations against women, in particular, against women human rights defenders; give evidence to risks faced by women defenders located in various areas of the county; and spotlight the unique practices and strategies that Honduran women are using to confront violence.
To submit a complaint or denounce a violation, please fill out the form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information in Spanish about the documentation process, please see the observers' guide.
JASS along with the eight other coordinating organizations of the observers team participated in a Press Conference (9am CST-Mujeres en las Artes: La Plazuela, Avenida Cervantes, 5545 Tegucigalpa), to officially launch the electoral observation team and to introduce participating and allied organizations and networks from around the world.
Article I: Overview of the Elections
Articles II: The Meaning of the Elections for Honduran Women
Report: San Pedro Sula & Neighboring Areas, November 23. Available in Spanish
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Official Observations Team Blog (Spanish)
America’s Blog, Center for Economic & Policy Research
End to Violence Rides on Honduran Elections, Nobel Prize Laureate Jody Williams, Huffington Post
A High-Stakes Election in Honduras, Dana Frank, The Nation
Women’s Political Participation in Honduras, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and National Democratic Institute (NDI)
LIBRE, Nasralla could leave no party with majority in Honduran Congress, Kevin Lees, Suffragio.com
Honduras: Military Police as a Major Electoral Issue, Dan Beeton, Center for Economic & Policy Research
Honduras' political violence threatens to undermine its November elections, Laura Carasik, Al Jazeera America
South American leaders should help Hondurans fighting for democracy, Alex Weisbrot, The Guardian
US Congress Continues to Slam Political Repression Ahead of Honduran Elections, Dan Beeton, Center for Economic & Policy Research
See information in Spanish.
1 Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Centro de Estudios de la Mujer, Red Nacional de Defensoras en Honduras, Red Lésbica Cattrachas, Foro de Mujeres por la Vida, CESADEH, Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras, Confluencia Feminista Las Petateras.