Malawi

“If you want women’s votes in 2014 put 75 billion on the table for better ARVs,” was the challenge that Malawian activist leaders put on the table in the run-up to the general elections on May 20. While Malawi’s bid to ensure 50% representation of women in politics was not realized in this election cycle, HIV positive women activists stood up boldly to voice their demands to presidential and parliamentary candidates.
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Read Everjoice Win's razor-sharp snapshot of the Southern Africa's changing context—dynamics and trends—as well as opportunities and challenges for women's rights agendas.
For three days in Johannesburg, JASS has been asking the big questions for feminist movement building and activism in Southern Africa: where, what, who, why and how.
I read Ngugi wa Thiongo’s The Trial of Dedani Kimathi years back when I was still in lower secondary school. The character that sticks with me most since that time is the woman political activist who works to support the liberation movement. She smuggles a gun into the courtroom by storing it in a loaf of bread with its insides removed expertly for that purpose. She is an ordinary market woman but uses her agency as part of the formidable people’s liberation movement to unseat colonialism in Kenya.
When a woman has been living life like that of ‘[a] rat on a treadmill,’ tired and resigned; in a state of hopelessness, helplessness and despair, on the brink of giving up—it is hard to see a way out.
OBOL leaders created the first-ever grassroots feminist treatment literacy manual and educational initiative that meets women’s needs while helping everyone.
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The words of Shirley Chisholm sum up 2018 perfectly: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” This year, women all over the world mobilized in large numbers and so loudly that the tables were rattling and folding chairs lining up.
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Check out some highlights from 2016 in our Annual Report.
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To celebrate this One Billion Rising's theme on SOLIDARITY, we asked activists from our community to share their reflections.
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