In Her Name: Marisela Escobedo Ortiz

In Her Name: Marisela Escobedo Ortiz

The defensoras, or women human rights defenders, embody courage every moment as systematic violence has broadened its target toward them as a way to disempower women activists, weaken movements for social change, and maintain the patriarchal, militarized Mexican State. Women human rights defenders risk their lives every day to create a Mexico where being a woman doesn’t inherently mean a doomed fate.

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Behind Ciudad Juarez’s New Labor Movement

Behind Ciudad Juarez’s New Labor Movement

In a virtually unprecedented development, labor protest is widening in the maquiladora industry of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While worker dissatisfaction or protest is nothing new in the foreign-owned border factories that produce goods for export to the United States, previous manifestations of discontent in the generally union-free industry have usually been confined to one company at a time.

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Haiti Rape Accountability and Prevention Project, 16 Days of Activism

This year, the international campaign to raise awareness of and to call for an end to all forms of violence against women centers on the links between militarism and gender based violence. IJDH and BAI have joined with grassroots groups in Haiti and international partners to launch the Haiti Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP) to respond to the epidemic of rapes against poor women and girls in Haiti in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

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