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Stronger, Safer & Louder: JASS @ AWID 2016 Forum

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We are so excited to be part of the AWID Forum this year. Join us and our allies in sharing stories and tools for cross-movement power and change including the launch of three exciting resources for movement building and women human rights defenders: 

    • ICTs for Feminist Movement Building Activist Toolkit a practical guide for activists who want to understand ICTs, influence how they are developed and build responsive, sustainable and effective communications strategies that support movement building work and change. 
    • DefendHer – a women human rights defenders digital campaign collaboration with Global Fund for Women, MADRE, and JASS.
    • WeRise: Movement Building Reimagined – JASS’ online resource kit and platform drawing from the last decade of training and organizing with many allies. Check out the latest teaser!

WeRise Movement Building Reimagined Teaser
  • Tools and strategies for the power and protection of women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica.
  • Stories and alternative feminist visions from indigenous and rural women leading the efforts to protect natural resources and land in Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and Mesoamerica.
  • Practices and skills for safety, wellbeing and renewal to sustain women’s vital organizing efforts in complex political contexts, and for those who have survived violence.

STOP by our booth – an interactive space featuring all things JASS from information and publications, to promotional materials including stickers, postcards and more!

JASS-Led Sessions

Feminist experiences and best practices for eradicating discrimination against women and advancing the achievement of equality

  • When: Thursday, September 8th 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Capitania Porto Seguro
  • Presenters: Alda Facio, Helen Barrientos, Angela Lytle, and Heather Evans

Breaking the silence: Women united against sexual torture

  • When: Friday, September 9th 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Where: Vera Cruz
  • Presenters: Maya Alvarado • Claudia Medina • Evalia Yeny Santiago Alcaraz• Carme Clavel Arcas

WeRise: Tools for feminist movement builders and communicators (a participatory workshop)

  • When: Friday, September 9th 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Where: Santana Room
  • Presenters: Patricia Ardon • Anna Davies-van Es • Alexa Bradley • Kunthea Chan • Natalie Jeffers (Matters of the Earth)

Our voices matter: Cross-movement visions and strategies from Indigenous and rural women organizing for the world’s survival

  • When: Saturday, September 10th 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Where: Aimores
  • Presenters: Patricia Ardon • Miriam Pixtún Monroy • Vivi Marantika • Martha Agbani

Resource Toolkits Showcase: WeRise & ICTs for Feminist Movement Building

  • When: Saturday, September 10th  4:30 – 5:00PM
  • Where: Ala Mar Lobby, Feminist Internet Exchange (FIX) Hub



  • Black Feminisms Forum; September 5th – 6th

Democracy in our current realities: lessons learned, challenges & the way forward

  • When: Thursday, September 8th 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Arena Sauipe
  • Moderators: Atila Roque, Virginia Vargas
  • Speakers: Akshay Khanna, Marcia Tiburi, Farida Shaheed, Natalia Karbowska, Patricia Ardon

Sustaining Our Activism: Women Human Rights Defenders Hub

  • JASS Participants: Kunthea Chan, Marusia Lopez Cruz, Shereen Essof, Carme Clavel Arcus, Orfe Castillo

Digital Security as feminist practice: Women Human Rights Defenders securing our digital tools and spaces for holistic protection

  • When: Thursday, September 8th 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Where: Semente de Cacau (WHRD Hub)
  • Presenters: Daysi Flores Hernandez • Maryam Alkhawaja • Gillo Cutrupi

Recognizing Common Ground: Islam and Women’s Human Rights

  • When: Thursday, September 8th 2:30PM-4:00PM
  • Where: Gran Bahia 2
  • Presenters: Zainah Anwar, Marwa Sharfeldin, Nani Zulminarni, Natasha Dar

WHRD Tribute: A special evening arts program

  • When: Thursday, September 8th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Villa Nova de Praia
  • JASS Participants: Daysi Flores Hernandez

Building gender-just social movements: Stories of success and routes for transformation

  • When: Friday, September 9th 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Where: Aimores
  • Presenters: Jessica Horn • Shereen Essof • Michel Friedman • Deepta Chopra

Evening Plenary—The power of collective resource mobilization: Visions for the future of resourcing our movements

  • When: Friday, September 9th 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Where: Arena Sauipe
  • Organized by the Count Me In Consortium! (JASS, Mama Cash, AWID, Urgent Action Fund and CREA)
  • Facilitators: Lisa VeneKlasen and Geeta Masri

Forging ties and solidarity actions between Women Human Rights Defenders through IM-Defensoras: women human rights defenders & comprehensive protection models with a gender perspective

  • When: Saturday, September 10th 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Where: Semente de Cacau
  • Presenters: Morena Herrera Argueta • Yessica Trinidad Elvir • Juana Jiménez de Pomares • Marusia López Cruz • Carme Clavel Arcas • Orfe Castillo

State of Our Feminist Movements

  • When: Saturday, September 10th 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Bahia 1
  • Discussion Contributors: Zeina Zaatari, Marusia Lopez Cruz, Lara Aharonian, Mozn Hassan, Farida Shaheed, Natalie Jeffers

Closing Plenary: Key Forum Insights & Feminist Visions for the Future

  • When: Sunday, September 11, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
  • Where: Arena Sauípe
  • Speakers: Tonya Haynes, Jurema Werneck, Farida Shaheed, Marusia Lopez Cruz, Aïssatou Cissé, Lena Meari

Rally in solidarity with Brazilian Movements

  • When: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
  • Where: Shuttles will depart from each hotel between 4:30 – 5:00PM 

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