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This report brings you stories and insights from across the JASS network. Here, you'll read how different women see their world and the innovative ways they are challenging abuses of power and building deeply democratic alternatives.
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In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, women activists and their organizations are at the forefront of organized efforts to help families meet their basic needs, regroup, and begin to recover. JASS Southeast Asia, together with its Filipina sisters and partners pooled their connections and resources to bring women together and lead the rebuilding process.
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Southeast Asia celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 with a memorable bang!  From protests to parades, to cultural performances and dance-exercises, and to dialogues and discussion groups, women across Southeast Asia including, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Timor L’este commenmorated this day with vigor and awe.    
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“When a woman goes to a police station to report domestic violence in Malaysia, the police ask questions such as ‘how many children do you have?’ or ‘do you love your husband?’ Then she is told to go back home,” says Manohara Subramaniam of JASS Southeast Asia. This situation is so familiar. It happens in Malaysia, in all countries of Southeast Asia and in many places across the globe.
Southeast Asian women literally shook the streets in an unconventional celebration of Valentine's Day on February 14. In Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines, women activists from JASS Southeast Asia held simultaneous activities as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against.
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On February 14, 2013, people around the world celebrated One Billion Rising Campaign to End Violence Against Women. Given that One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, this campaign encouraged women and men to stand up against violence. It encouraged everyone to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP AND DEMAND an end to this violence. Watch women and men in Indonesia, Cambodia & the Philippines RISE!
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Rosanna Langara - or “Osang” as she is called, is an activist from the Philippines and since 2007, has been a great addition to JASS, where she began as a participant in JASS Southeast Asia’s first movement-building institute. In September 2012, Osang joined the JASS Southeast Asia team full-time to bring her political smarts, humor, and writing talent to support the region’s knowledge and communications work.
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“One fight, One Voice: Women, Assert Your Rights” was the overarching theme of JASS Southeast Asia’s 2nd annual One Day, One Voice regional campaign. Commemorating the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women, during the first week of December, Southeast Asian women from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia & the Philippines took to the street to denounce the increasingly alarming rate of state-sponsored gender-based violence.
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“For me, cancer is a rite of passage – from darkness to light, from sorrow to joy, from despair to hope, from confusion to enlightenment.  Above all, from clinging to self-pride to warming up to the love, support, and concern of others. As in all struggles, we are not alone.” – Eve, writer and activist, battling with leukemia The first time I saw Eve a few years ago, my first impression was, ‘Well, she looks like a Roman Catholic nun.’  Can she even break a glass?  Yet, as I would later learn about her life and struggles, beneath that gentle face was a tough persona.  
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Young women activists are posting their comments on the "freedom wall" during  a protest action in Manila. The women’s movement in the Philippines, along with social movements that have been actively campaigning to repeal the new anti-cybercrime law, has moved one step forward as just a few hours after the Black Tuesday protest last October 9, Supreme Court justices, in an en banc session, unanimously decided to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the law. When women unite against injustice, government has no other option but to concede.
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