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Everyone Deserves Access To Safe, Legal Abortion

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Today is Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, so we’re taking stock of sexual and reproductive rights around the globe. For many Americans, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the struggle to safeguard women’s health in the United States. We often forget about what’s happening in the developing world. So, a reminder:

  • In Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico, health coverage for indigenous families lags substantially behind the rest of the population. In Guatemala, maternal mortality among indigenous women is almost double that of non-indigenous women. Organizations like Asociacion de Mujeres Campesinas Q’eqchies “Nuevo Horizonte” are dedicated to promoting the rights and health of Q’eqchi women in Guatemala by organizing communities to work on projects to reduce sexual and gender-based violence; increase public education on sexual health and rights; and build women’s leadership and presence in community and municipal decision-making. Read More »
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Celebrating Roe v. Wade and Fighting for Reproductive Rights around the Globe

On the heels of the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we wanted to take stock of the status of reproductive rights in the developing world. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the United States’ struggle to safeguard women’s health that we often forget about what’s happening in the Global South. So, a reminder:

  • In Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico, health coverage for indigenous families lags substantially behind the rest of the population. In Guatemala, maternal mortality among indigenous women is almost double that of non-indigenous women. Organizations like Asociacion de Mujeres Campesinas Q’eqchies “Nuevo Horizonte” are dedicated to promoting the rights and health of Q’eqchi women in Guatemala by organizing communities to work on projects to decrease sexual and gender-based violence; increase public education on sexual health and rights; and build women’s leadership and presence in community and municipal decision-making. Read More »
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Storymaking and Storytelling: Afro-Descendant and Indigenous People Shape Public Dialogue

This series on storytelling for justice is guest edited by Deji Olukotun.

AJWS’s grants department supports organizations in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Most grant recipients are marginalized people struggling to realize their human rights related to natural resources, health, self-determination or sexual diversity. These groups have been denied the ability to tell their own stories or even control their own recorded histories. In the following piece, program associate Luis Diaz-Albertini presents examples of two grantees in Latin America that use the creative arts to explore their own identities and advocate for their rights.

Creating and sharing stories are powerful ways of shaping understanding. Where historically disenfranchised groups face deep societal prejudices, legacies of physical and symbolic violence, and the devaluing of their cultural identities, storytelling serves as a powerful method to challenge mainstream cultural norms. In Latin America and the Caribbean, Indigenous and Afro-descendant people in particular confront stories that reinforce stigma and discrimination. These stories take many forms and influence various audiences. AJWS’s partners Wayna Rap in Bolivia and LUNDU Centro de Estudios y Promoción Afroperuanos (LUNDU Center for Afro-Peruvian Studies and Promotion) in Peru are using innovative storytelling methodologies to define their communities’ cultural memory and express their reality on their own terms.

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Dvar Tzedek: Parshat Chukkat 5771

We read in Parshat Chukkat about the death of Miriam: “Miriam died and she was buried there. There was no water for the assembly, and [the Children of Israel] gathered against Moshe and Aharon.” This odd and disjointed sequence of verses is puzzling, and leads the Talmud to connect Miriam’s death with the disappearance of water: “From here we learn that all forty years [in the desert, the Children of Israel] had a well because of Miriam’s merit.”

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Decolonizing Women’s Bodies in Bolivia is Still a Challenge

Walking on the El Prado Avenue, under the defiant brightness and burning winter sun of La Paz, Bolivia, I heard something much more defiant than the strong sun. It was the voices of a group of women. The chants from the distance sounded closer as I approached the well-trafficked main street in front of the San Francisco Church. Curious people inevitably stopped their fast pace to look at the march organized by a collective group of women called Mujeres Creando (Women Creating), an autonomous feminist movement. Mujeres Creando is a collective group of women from a wide range of identities and commitments. Maria Galindo, one of the co-founders, was leading the march followed by a group of young women. They were carrying art paper silhouettes of women, representing a diversity of women (an indigenous, a bride, a pregnant woman, etc) with their arms open and tied into a cross.  Each figure had a message on the top, “the abnegation kills me” or “pregnant with ideas but without giving birth,” among other.

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Bolivia Passes the Law of Mother Earth!

Today is Earth Day and something ground-breaking just happened in Bolivia. The country passed the Law of Mother Earth, the world’s first piece of legislation that gives the natural world rights that are equal to those of humans. Bolivia has long suffered from serious environmental problems from the mining of tin, silver, gold and other raw materials. Farmers have also had land and crops decimated by multinational corporations. Existing laws to protect natural resources were not strong enough.

The Law of Mother Earth includes the following:

  • The right to maintain the integrity of life and natural processes
  • The right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered
  • The right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration
  • The right to pure water
  • The right to clean air
  • The right to balance, to be at equilibrium
  • The right to be free of toxic and radioactive pollution
  • The right to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect The balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities

The law also promotes “harmony” and “peace” and “the elimination of all nuclear, chemical, biological” weapons.

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