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Thousands of Southeast Asian women and men will join together in solidarity with women human rights defenders at risk during JASS Southeast Asia’s regional One Day, One Voice Campaign, which coincides with the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. This year’s theme – “Stand Up For Women Human Rights Defenders” – will include a series of art performances, media events, peace marches, dialogues, bazaars, and film screenings to honor the brave women of Southeast Asia who are defending human rights and precious land and resources.
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.
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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Video images of feminists from Indonesia and Timor L'este joining together for a workshop to strengthen and diversify the leadership of women's movements through intergenerational political education, skills-building activities and trans-border learning. Later in 2008, JASS convened a larger regional institute for women of all ages working to address the combined challenges of poverty, labor exploitation, migration and trafficking facing women.
This presentation is from Women’s Organizing for Economic Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia, a breakout session at the AWID 2012 Internation Forum on Women's Rights and Development. Around the world, access to cash and credit through microfinancing programs is touted as a magic bullet for eradicating women’s poverty. Yet, there is limited evidence that these strategies alone fundamentally alter the power relationships that drive women’s poverty in the first place.
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Fokupers is one of the few East Timorese women's NGOs working on the empowerment of women from a women's human rights perspective. Established in 1997, Fokupers has been engaged in investigating women human rights violations and providing support, including counseling, to women's political prisoners, wives of political prisoners, war widows and survivors of violence against women.
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Rede Feto is a national network of 18 civil society organizations formed in 2000 following Timor-Leste’s independence from Indonesia. Rede Feto focuses on strengthening the organization and advocacy capacity of its member organizations to enable them to push for policies and initiatives that support the improvement of women’s status and participation in Timor-Leste. The network also carries out activities aimed at improving the situation of poor women.
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JASS SEA Regional Workshop  In Phnom Penh, Cambodia - June 22-24, 2012 - JASS Southeast Asia's "landing the helicopter" workshop pondered how to deepen, understand and respond to power as 26 women from six Southeast Asian countries gathered to share stories and ideas on how to strengthen women's activism and JASS' role in the region.
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Maria Gorumali Barreto (Mery) is an East Timorese activist with a deep passion for women’s rights and women’s participation in politics.
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