JASS Blog Archives for November 2008

by Patience Mandishona on November 13, 2008 on 3:36 pm

As I look forward to the opening of the AWID forum , I am quite excited about the work that the young feminist have planned for the conference.It pleases me to know that space has been opened up for young feminists within the forum and I hope their visibility will make an impact. One of the young feminists today said, "If you want to go fast, walk alone but if you want to go far, walk with others."

This surely got me thinking , especially coming out of the JASS Cross Regional Dialogue how there is so much we can learn from the power of numbers.As I wait for tomorrow , i just hope there will be so much support for the young femenists because I feel there is so much we have to offer but we cannot do it alone.

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by JASS on November 13, 2008 on 5:32 am

By Wala

The meeting was explosive with different ideas from diverse women across the globe. It was an enriching and eye opening experience. It also challenged me as a woman and as an activist to do more for the women's cause.

JASS Cross Regional

November 2008, Cape Town, South Africa

On November 11th, 12th and 13th, 2008, JASS brought together, for the first time, over 55 diverse activists involved in our fast-growing and pioneering Feminist Movement-Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia. The gathering was timed to take advantage of the AWID Forum in Cape Town, November 14-17 (where JASS convened and participate in half a dozen workshops) and of its relevant theme: The Power of Movements. The aims of the three-day dialogue were to reflect on and share the experience in all three regions, to generate fresh knowledge about movement-building from this accumulated practice, and to forge cross-regional alliances, agendas and strategies going forward. Following the AWID Forum, JASS brought together its core teams and board for a two-day strategic planning meeting that integrated the insights generated from the dialogue and the Forum into a forward-looking four-year vision and plan.

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by Martha Tholanah on November 5, 2008 on 7:15 am

We have a bad cholera outbreak. Everywhere I look, I get worried - anyone, including me, has a high chance of contracting cholera. As if we have not had enough troubles with the political jokers and the central bank severely compromising our right to life. I get increasingly angry, yet I know anger only gets me into a state of compromising my immune system. All I think of is if I, with the supposed-to-be-comfortable resources to ensure a middle-class life, am reduced to the life of a pauper, what more of the women in the rural areas, the townships, the farm and mine labourers - how are they coping. Many times I kick myself for not being able to shout loud enough to make a difference for my sisters. What legacy are women activists leaving for their daughters and granddaughters and nieces.

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