Women’s human rights

JASS Board Co-chair and feminist scholar, Srilatha Batliwala, writes about what crossing the line means to her: "I bow my head in salutation to Januba and her mother. I bow my head in silent salutation to all the women around the world who cross the line."
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2016 has been a year of, "mourning and mobilizing". Despite tough circumstances everywhere, JASS is rich with stories of hope and change. It’s been a busy and exciting year for us and we would like to share some of the highlights that have inspired and affirmed the work we do.
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"We’re activists and we’re defending rights,” says Aimée Espérance Matungulu Nduwa. She and other activists in Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are determined to protect their community from the heavy mining industry that is tearing it apart. Although the women face threats from the mining companies when they protest, they refuse to give up.
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Extreme weather is displacing communities and putting emergency food aid at the center of women’s community organizing in the Philippines. After a severe 5-month drought, farmers and indigenous peoples led a peaceful protest to demand the long-promised food aid, but the police responded violently—leaving two farmers dead and many more including women injured or unlawfully arrested.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have launched deportation raids of Central American families seeking refuge from extreme violence. We call for an immediate halt to the raids and urge the U.S. policy makers to review and reconsider U.S. policies toward Central America that have contributed to the conditions that force families to leave their homes.
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At the 29th Human Rights Council (HRC) session in Geneva, JASS Southern Africa’s Maggie Mapondera joined other activists in pushing states to recognize the urgent need to protect human rights defenders, particularly those defending women’s, sexual and reproductive, and LGBTI rights.
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From June 17-18, twenty-five Southeast Asian researchers, human rights advocates, grassroots leaders, and activists came together for a conversation about the changing context in Southeast Asia and its impact on women, women’s rights and women’s activism.
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Join JASS in celebrating International Women’s month! From Cambodia and Zimbabwe to the U.S.A. and Switzerland, follow JASS and our partners in making women’s voices and alternatives heard by policymakers and influencers in key global events.
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"What does 'women's empowerment' mean?" JASS Southern Africa's Shereen Essof and Maggie Mapondera sound off on the African Union's recent appointment of President Robert Mugabe as Chair and pledge to put women's empowerment at the top of the agenda.
Basali Amoho provides a container for women’s activism as individuals and as a community. The group aims to bring diverse women together, whatever their religion or background, to advocate against gender imbalances and violence against women.
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