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Inspired, she says, by wide-open spaces and people who believe that anything is possible, Ellen herself inspires wide-open thinking among the feminists and social justice leaders, organizations and movements that she works to strengthen.
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In both her life and her work, Azola sees the world through the intersecting lenses of feminism and black consciousness. In contemporary South Africa where these are too often separate and sometimes antagonistic philosophies, this stance requires courage, a characteristic that Azola has in abundance.
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Women activists from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are reclaiming and using ICTs to amplify women’s voices for rights. From July 18th to 20th, JASS Southern Africa and Women’sNet hosted a Southern Africa Regional Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in Johannesburg with nine activists to build ICT skills and strategies to support their organizing.
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If Sexuality were a human being and she made a grand entrance (l’entrée grande) into the African Union conference centre, the honourable delegates would stand up and bow in honour. But the acknowledgement of and respect for Sexuality would no doubt be tinged with overtones of parody and irony, even sadness, because although Sexuality might represent notions of pleasure and the continuity of humanity itself, the term conjures up discussions about sources of oppression and violence.
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Looking back at JASS' Movement Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
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Over the past fifty years of development history, a series of abstract notions and concepts have entered the development lexicon and the vocabulary of activists. Many of them became widely used buzz-words and long before they were defined or deconstructed.
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A participatory contextual analysis produced by 22 women activists, researchers, academics and practitioners at a two-day Thinkshop organized by JASS Southern Africa.
JASS works to develop and galvanize women activists and their movements to change powerful institutions, policies and beliefs. Inspired by a feminist vision of justice, we help build new forms and practices of power that contribute to more egalitarian and democratic societies and a healthier planet.
JASS gathered 22 Southern African women researchers, scholars, practitioners and activists to analyze and debate movement--‐building, women’s rights and organizing.
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Written by Amanda Awethu I cannot believe I almost gave up on coming to Cape Town for the 11th AWID Forum. I was on the verge of giving up as I had hassles trying to get the South African visa - every time I go to apply for a visa (twice a year), there are always new rules. Anyway, I am happy to be connecting with feminists and getting affirmation that feminism is the way to go in my work and my life.
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