About Us

"That is the core of JASS' humanity; that it is not just every person, but every moment, every thing we do that matters." ~Hope Chigudu

JASS believes that women who are most affected by the political, economic, environmental and health crises reverberating across the world are on the frontlines of change.  While they rarely have a seat at the decision-making table, they are organizing their communities, developing solutions and promoting justice—often at great risk for going against the grain. As a global women-led human rights network of activists, popular educators and scholars in 31 countries, we work to ensure women leaders are more confident, better organized, louder and safer as they take on some of the most critical human rights issues of our time.


Mission & Vision

JASS is dedicated to strengthening the voice, visibility, and collective organizing power of women to create a just, sustainable world for all.

Change Theory

The unfulfilled promise of women’s equality cannot be realized without mobilizing the power of women’s voices, knowledge and numbers.


JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators and scholars from five continents, connected by their commitment to human rights and many years of shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe to Indonesia.


Multi-generational teams of long-time activists and organizers with ties to wide-ranging social justice and women’s rights movements coordinate JASS in Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and JASS Crossregional.