Caution: Women Crossing the Line
International Women’s Day is a moment to honor and celebrate women’s movements and all the courageous women, past and present, who have fought, resisted and reshaped the world to be a better place for all of us. Today, as the rollback of women’s basic rights is in full swing from Egypt to Honduras, the fight for equality and justice is no less urgent and no less dangerous. At JASS, we dedicate this newsletter to all the bold women activists who are mobilizing for change and at great personal risk. As the stories below highlight, it is women’s willingness to cross the line against corruption, impunity, greed and inequality that keeps our hopes for a better future alive. The visibility and recognition of the contributions of feminists, women’s movements, and women’s rights defenders from all walks of life should be celebrated and recognized 365 days a year. Sustaining and making their work safer is at the top of the JASS agenda for 2012.
Lisa VeneKlasen, on behalf of the JASS team.