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If there is one thing we can say about this past year, it is that 2017 was the year of women. We were in the streets in dozens of countries – wearing pink hats, no less! We reclaimed our time and we broke the silence.
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Violence against women activists continues to rise. Unfortunately, despite considerable effort, responses to this violence are coming up short. Given the urgency of the situation, JASS and allies are questioning the underlying assumptions guiding activist safety, and bringing a feminist and movement building perspective to rethinking the approach.
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From September 8-11, we joined nearly 2000 diverse participants from across the globe in Brazil. From the Black Feminist Forum, plenaries, sessions and hubs, we were incredibly inspired and energized by what we heard, learned and offered. Together with allies, we shared stories and tools for cross-movement power and change.
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This year’s One Day, One Voice (ODOV) theme, “Our Rights, Our Resources, Our Life”, JASS will spotlight the courageous ways women are defending their rights on resources—e.g. land, water, food) and social services like education—against governments, private firms and corporate interests.
Julie Lun (Caing Ngaih Lwin), a woman activist from Myanmar, examines violence against women and gender inequality in Myanmar. Julie, who has worked in the humanitarian field, especially for the rights of women and children since 2008, is also one of the regional coordinating group (RCG) representatives of JASS Southeast Asia (JASS SEA).
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On #MothersDay, we are honored the courage and ingenuity of mothers around the world who are standing up, speaking out, and challenging injustice, starting with the feminist moms in our network!
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Authoritarianism. Militarism. Fundamentalism. Extractivism. While contexts differ, the convergence of these four trends have become fertile ground for escalating violence against women and women activists around the world.
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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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A contextual analysis of Southeast Asia highlighting the ways that ordinary people, activists, human rights defenders, and social movements are organizing to protect their communities from destruction and injustice, even in extremely precarious and dangerous situations
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Check out some highlights from 2016 in our Annual Report.
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