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JASS SEA Regional Workshop  In Phnom Penh, Cambodia - June 22-24, 2012 - JASS Southeast Asia's "landing the helicopter" workshop pondered how to deepen, understand and respond to power as 26 women from six Southeast Asian countries gathered to share stories and ideas on how to strengthen women's activism and JASS' role in the region.
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Manohara has over a decade of experience with counseling women who have been treated violently. She has worked with the Sex Worker Programme of the PT Foundation and as Programme Manager for The All Women's Action Society (AWAM). She curently serves as the manager of the National Programme for the Malaysian AIDS Council, where she is responsible for raising awareness among mothers, youth, and marginalised communities on HIV/AIDS.
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Worldwide, soaring food prices, mounting unemployment, Wall Street scandals, and countries on the brink of financial default have given rise to protests that have brought down entire governments. Citizens everywhere are mobilizing to demand accountability for the global financial crisis. As media and opinion leaders race to make sense of these burgeoning political movements, they are hardly a new phenomenon.
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As many Southeast Asian countries gear up for elections in 2012, governments and development organizations have turned to quotas to expand women’s political participation and representation. Though important, more women in legislatures doesn’t necessarily translate into improvements in women’s rights and livelihoods, particularly those of marginalized women.
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Looking back at JASS' Movement Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
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A presentation on power, movements and change in Southeast Asia. The presentation highlights contextual problems in Southeast Asia and proposes solutions to help empower women in every sphere of their life.
We have rights but we are still limited. Now it changes a lot, we can be candidates for election, for commune council, and also district council and deputy governor…women are encouraged to participate in society.– Workshop participant, Cambodia
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