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JASS' WInnet Shamuyarira reflects on a Cross Movement Dialogue that brought together women activists from Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa to identify and map the key actors, politics and policies driving the “closing space for civil society” and increased backlash against women activists in Southern Africa.
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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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HIV/AIDS: What Does "Access" Really Mean? The 21st International AIDS Conference kicked off in Durban, South Africa, and gathered 18,000 people including scientists, researchers, policymakers and celebrities around the theme, Access and Equity. However, the conference’s high registration and participation fee meant that the majority most affected by HIV particularly, poor women, were excluded from attending.
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"As women struggle for the biodiversity of the planet, defend livelihoods threatened by mining and extractives, and put their lives on the line, we need to prioritise the protection of WHRDs." JASS Southern Africa’s Winnet Shamuyarira reflects on defenders across Africa and their fight for the right to lands, livelihoods and life.
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Where to start? … Over a week ago, I attended a dialogue—The Importance of Youth Leadership in Africa: A Discussion with Young African Leaders, hosted by Congresswoman Karen Bass. Catchy title, but I wish I could say the same about the discussion.
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JASS Southern Africa's Bridgette Magqaza explores the strange dynamics of mixed gender spaces and asks why it's so important to create women's only spaces for movement building.
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Shereen Essof reflects on the commodification of struggles for freedom and the power of women's mobilizing in South Africa, and lessons we can take to revitalize and re-energize collective organizing across different contexts.
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This week, JASS and the Fund for Global Human Rights are convening a gathering on ‘defending rights in hostile contexts," among activists, researchers, donors and local, regional and international organizations to deepen our collective understanding of the crackdown against activists and civic space – and how to confront it.
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The Just Transition framework presents a holistic model of system change, from extractive profiteering towards "ecological restoration, community resilience, and social equity." Drawing from our own experience and concepts, JASS staff review both the strengths and the challenges in advancing this timely model.
200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World! Along with acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and brave planet guardian Vandana Shiva, is JASS’ very own Executive Director and Co-Founder, Lisa VeneKlasen!
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