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“I am officially legal,” gay activist Frank Mugisha tweeted shortly after Uganda’s Constitutional Court ground-breaking decision to overrule the country’s notorious anti-gay bill. Uganda’s LGBTI community and human rights activists the world over rightly applauded the ruling. However, activists are asking: is this enough?
In November, a Kenyan woman was stripped naked by a mob of men at a city bus stop in Nairobi and the brutal attack was caught in graphic detail on video. Her crime? Wearing a miniskirt which was deemed ‘indecent.'
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“Are you homosexual?” was the question Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity asked minutes before he disbanded a young LGBT activist leadership workshop in Kampala. JASS’ Hope Chigudu, who was there supporting a workshop of young activists, says, “Fear and rage. I’ve never felt such fear and rage as I did when Lokodo invaded our space at that workshop.
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In a week that saw Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity order the break up of a workshop for young LGBT activists; ten women suspected of lesbianism arrested in Cameroon; and, the proposal of “strengthened” anti-gay laws in Liberia - LGBTI commu
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A JASS founder and former board member, Hope has gone on to play a huge role – on the ground and on the page – in shaping the power of JASS’ program in Malawi. Always alive to the potential for creativity to shake things up, Hope asks unexpected questions, shattering the mold of mainstream-NGO workshops and inviting HIV-positive activists into holistic processes that have healed, empowered, and galvanized them.
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For many people around the world, economic policy is shrouded in the mystique of “expertise” that tends to obscure the politics behind the economics and prevents citizens from participating fully and openly in economic policy making.There is therefore an urgent need to shift decision making power to the larger public especially women.
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Looking back at JASS' Movement Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
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