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"I've never engaged in this kind of writing before. I've given my testimonies to other people. But I have never tried to put it on paper for myself so that others can learn from my experiences," says Malawian activist Mirriam Munthali at the first JASS Southern Africa Regional Writeshop.
As an avid fan of the TV show, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I couldn’t help but take interest in its latest episode which was receiving a lot of outrage over its portrayal of a fictional celebrity couple that mimicked real life couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown’s violent relationship.
From February 15-20, JASS’ Board and Regional Directors gathered for a series of meetings in Washington DC to develop a vision, plan and agenda for what JASS will become by 2020. This time was filled with exciting events including a panel discussion on the political empowerment of women at George Washington University as well as a fun dinner party with the Crossregional team.
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As the Program Coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and board member of JASS partner, Women’sNet, Jennifer Radloff plays a key advisory role in JASS Southern Africa’s communications and technology training. Jenny currently coordinates APC projects in DRC, Congo and Cambodia on holding governments accountable to gender-based violence.
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Joanna Kerr is Chief Executive of ActionAid International. Formerly Executive Director for Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Joanna acts as an advisor to diverse women’s rights organizations and donor agencies across the world, including JASS, and is also a Nobel Women’s Initiative board member.
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A passionate feminist activist, Anna Davies-van Es coordinates JASS programs and knowledge in the JASS Southern Africa office. With extensive experience in community-based organizing, feminism and advocacy, Anna brings her knowledge to bear in the strategizing and implementation of programs in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and regionally.
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Sindi Blose is a young, South African feminist activist who has been a grassroots organizer in Durban with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), widely known for mobilizing around access to affordable treatment for all people with HIV/AIDS.
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In the beginning of the so called 21st Century, of one of the least civilized planets of the universe, the economic, political, symbolic, social and military power was in the hands of a few sick men who suffered from such a severe misogyny that they had come to despise life itself. The illness had appeared some five or six thousand years earlier, when the male humans discovered that they had something to do with the reproduction of their species.
As social, political and economic instability dominates headlines worldwide, members of JASS’ international community are providing their own take on what this means for women’s rights, equality, and wellbeing. Check out JASS’ up-to-the-minute frontline analyses on patriarchy, feminist movement building and security from our annual Crossregional Dialogue in April.
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