Women Crossing the Line - JASS Southern Africa


Check out this online campaign by Global Fund for Women, JASS, & MADRE, featuring stories of 14 women activists from around the world who defend and advance human rights.
Veronica Banda
, Malawi

JASS’ Winnet Shamuyarira speaks to Veronica Banda, a female pastor from Malawi who is among the women activists involved in the Our Bodies, Our Lives campaign. "My name is Veronica Banda and I am a female pastor from Malawi. I would like to share my story with the world, and hope it can inspire other women."
Tiwonge Gondwe
, Malawi

Woman activist leader and feminist, Tiwonge Gondwe recounts her fight for dignity and justice in the struggle for better ARVs in Malawi. Tiwonge is one of the thousands of HIV+ women activists that JASS has been training, supporting and accompanying in the fight for decent health care resources since 2007.
Mirriam Munthali
, Malawi

Mirriam Munthali is a dynamic and brave woman activist-leader from Malawi who is using her voice to speak out on the issues that matter most for women from all walks of life, challenging everyone from fellow church members and her local chief to government officials. Read this inspiring story from Mirriam's own words.
Prayers Mushava
, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean activist, Prayers Mushava, shares her powerful story of how she became an activist: "The reality of what it means to be a woman became [even] clearer when I met JASS in 2013. I began to see life through a feminist lens and realized that disobedience can be celebrated, especially if it aims to defeat structures that harden women’s lives whilst privileging men."
Jamillah Katombo
, Zambia

In 2013, we lost a courageous leader in our community– Jamillah Katombo–an outspoken HIV+ Muslim grassroots activist. Jamillah dedicated her life to breaking the silence around HIV/AIDS in her community in Zambia, organizing scores of women to speak up about their status and demand access to quality treatment. We honor her by sharing her story.

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