JASS (Just Associates), together with Global Fund for Women and MADRE, have launched Women Human Rights DefendHer: Standing Together for Justice. This online campaign features the stories of 14 incredible women human rights defenders and groups around the world who, despite threats and retaliation, are working to end violence against women; advance LGBTQI rights; protect the planet and the rights of indigenous communities; and more. #DefendHer presents original illustrations by Peruvian feminist visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher.
The featured stories include several JASS allies:
· Bai Bibyaon from Sabokahan (The Philippines)
· Melania Chiponda from Chiadzwa Community Development Trust, WoMin African Gender and Extractives Alliance (Zimbabwe)
· Magdalena Kafiar from Papuan Women Solidarity for Human Defender (Indonesia)
· Miriam Miranda from OFRANEH (Honduras)
· Ana Sandoval from Peaceful Resistance in La Puya (Guatemala)
· FUNDEM (Mexico)
“Women human rights defenders play a critical but often invisible role in advancing justice and upending inequality in all its forms,” says Lisa VeneKlasen, Executive Director of JASS. “With growing political extremism and restrictions on civil society groups, they face systematic attacks intended to silence them. Dozens have been killed or jailed for speaking out about sex, for defending rivers, and for exposing corruption. Through DefendHer we’re bringing their critical role and risks to light in hopes that we all stand up in supporting and respecting their safety and voice.”
Join us in supporting the DefendHers. Donate to the Women Human Rights Defenders fund to support their work. Send a #DearDefendHer message of support to let these activists know that you stand with them. Read more about other ways you can take action to support the DefendHers. Explore and share their stories. Spread the word and spark conversation about their critical work!
Check out the official campaign website here!