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A New Weave of Power, People & Politics provides a well-tested approach for building people’s participation and collective power that goes beyond influencing policy and politics to transforming public decision-making altogether. Based on 25 years of participatory research, community development, neighborhood organizing, legal rights education, and large-scale campaign advocacy experiences worldwide, A New Weave combines concrete and practical action “steps” with a sound theoretical foundation to help users understand the process of people-centered politics from planning to action. Published in 2002 and reprinted in 2007, the guide is unique in its emphasis on power and constituency-building discussed through the lens of gender/race/class and based on the concrete experiences of social change in dozens of countries worldwide.
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Building on 2009-2010 assessments done of the violence that women human rights defenders (WHRDs) face in Mesoamerica, the 2011 update includes new cases and fresh analysis from national WHRD processes and networks across the region.
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Women are a fundamental part of our society. Their daily work and struggles sustain our social fabric and create a more liberal, just and humane world for us all. In light of this, women are more susceptible to violence, insecurity, a lack of good health and general wellbeing, and diminished personal dignity. The issues affecting women are deeply rooted in structural problems that compromise democratic progress, contribute to the deterioration of society, and result in serious human rights violations against women.
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An overview of the violence faced by WHRDs in Mesoamerica. This report is intended to spur national and regional analysis of the issue and to generate synergies and solidarity to protect WHRDs, whose commitment and work are vital to advancing democracy, justice, freedom and the further development of society.
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When opposing political interests are using the same terms and tactics in diametrically opposed agendas, Lisa Veneklasen asks how we can transform the power of citizen action into sustained change for justice and equality. Article featured by OpenDemocracy. 
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Mesoamerican & International feminist and human rights organizations denounce the attempted rape and murder (feminicide) of Ms. Margarita González Carpio, a federal police officer in the Mexican state of Querétaro, by Mr. Salvador Cruz Neri, State Coordinator of the Federal Police in Querétaro.
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JASS writes an open letter demanding the Phillipines government to underscore comprehensive women’s health in the Reproductive Health Bill.
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