Rosanna Langara

Manila
Regional Communications & Knowledge Associate
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Rosanna Langara - or “Osang” as she is called, is an activist from the Philippines and since 2007, has been a great addition to JASS, where she began as a participant in JASS Southeast Asia’s first movement-building institute. In September 2012, Osang joined the JASS Southeast Asia team full-time to bring her political smarts, humor, and writing talent to support the region’s knowledge and communications work. She began by interviewing women involved in JASS processes to generate women’s stories and features about what we’re doing, as well as documenting JASS movement-building training and action to share what JASS is doing more widely across Southeast Asia.

With an interest in women and development, Osang began her career as an area organizer for a Luzon-wide sexual and reproductive health and rights project but also served as technical staff and program assistant for different justice groups between 2001 and 2003. From 2003, Osang worked at the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), an NGO with education, research, and advocacy programs for women. Beginning as a liaison officer of CWR’s advocacy program, she advanced to the education and training coordinator position where she spearheaded an adult lifelong learning project in urban poor communities in Metro Manila. Osang later became the research, databank, and library coordinator handling the overall implementation of the numerous research initiatives on women workers, urban poor, and peasant women.

After six years at CWR, Osang became a community development worker in 2009 working in the remote peasant villages of Luzon Island. In between her development work, Osang embodies her creative spirit as a freelance writer, documenter, and researcher.

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