JASS Blog Archives for June 2009

by Martha Tholanah on June 7, 2009 on 3:23 pm

We are almost there, making shape out of the confusion, enduring the pain, but loving each other as sisters, as we build and undo and rebuild, and we start seeing the shape of our Southern African Movement. We are as ready for the last building blocks and roofing, just as we get ready for our first JASS Southern Africa baby, (we have already named) Nairobi - even though we are not sure whether Nairobi will be a girl or boy, we are ready for her/ him, and for sure a feminist as Nairobi has been instrumental in our process, even as we may have been scaring her/ his mother about the birth process to expect. Nairobi has become our motivation as we endure long hours in shaping our strategy.

We have shaped the next steps for Malawi, and tentatively started shaping the entry into Zambia. We will take it a few steps at a time, and that is fine. We have crafted the structure, roles and responsibilities to take the movement forward, and set the foundation for policies and strategies we want to see as JASS Southern Africa, and in my view the cornerstone of this is communication - whether through song, dance, tech, etc, we will do what is necessary to nurture our movement.

The location Nairobi has been apt for this process, as in the few days we have been here, we have experienced in each day winter and summer, and thunderstorms. Maybe that could be a reflection of what we will go through in implementation? But we are ready for all that, and welcome it, if only to enjoy that sunshine at the end of the day. This will always be a memorable occasion for me, due to the sisterhood displayed as I take up the reins of leading Southern Africa to ensure our plans come to fruition, with and for the benefit of the millions of Southern African women.

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by Patience Mandishona on June 6, 2009 on 5:04 pm

As the 8 women in the planning meeting go to their rooms to retire for the night , I reflect on the day's proceedings. What have we achieved, what are we going to do, where are we going? These are the questions going through my mind. Looking back and reflecting on the conversation we had during the day of the different contexts of the region. The appointment of Jacob Zuma, the GNU in Zimbabwe, the creation of COZWHA+ in Zambia , recession in the USA and the impact of the OBAMA administration on the world. Am asking myself, how much impact do all these situations have on the work of JASS Southern Africa. Will we be able to carry out our objectives, strategies and visions/goals for the next 3yrs. As much as we went into detail on the different threats and opportunities , for me , it will be a situation of how we can make the best of our situation to advance our agenda and I think with the team we have, we will be able to achive all we can. As the saying goes 'You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you dont try'.

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by Martha Tholanah on June 6, 2009 on 4:04 pm

It has been a long and intense day, emotionally draining - but in the spirit of strategizing for Southern Africa Women's Movement Building as JMBs, it was well worth it. The honesty that is not feasible in mainstream NGOs, the bonding across color, class, religion; and the "dinosaurs and chickens" working harmoniously together, arguing, disagreeing, building consensus... yes, we can! It could only happen in the middle of the most African city, where we can pretend we do not know about the monstrous traffic jams just a hundred meters away. Amandla!!

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