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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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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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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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Lindsee joined JASS in September 2017, serving to support the Executive Director, Board, and JASS Leadership Team. She holds a Master's degree from Teachers College at Columbia University where she studied International Educational Development with an emphasis on humanitarian issues. Lindsee spent the past few years in New York, where she most recently worked as the office administrator at an international agricultural data company. She previously consulted for the Women’s Refugee Commission and the DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic.
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 Mattison is a recent graduate from American University’s School of International Service, where she studied Middle East and North African regional issues, as well as Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights. Mattison was born and raised in Chicago, where she worked on small business development and grassroots organizing until relocating to Washington, where she has been employed at the Arab Center Washington DC and the Public Interest Research Group.
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Ellen Gilbert hails from a small town in Kentucky, where volunteering to build and remodel homes in Appalachia sparked her love for community service. She holds a bachelor's in cultural anthropology from Transylvania University and a master's in international affairs from The New School for Public Engagement. During her graduate studies, she concentrated on gender and development and participated in the 2013 International Field Program in the Balkans.
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For JASS, 2014 was a year of recognition, impact and going deeper in our movement-building strategies to support women and organizations leading social justice efforts. Our sustained efforts in equipping activists and networks at the community level generated global impact and opportunities for women’s voice, visibility and collective power on human rights. The report highlights some of the key moments that stood out.
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Always upbeat, Gwen Wilson joined the Crossregional team in June. Gwen has over twenty years of experience leading the daily operations of the financial and accounting operations for various organizations with up to $25 million in revenue.
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During 16 Days of Activism on December 9, JASS Crossregional Program Director, Carrie Wilson spoke at a White House Rally on behalf of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict—which JASS is a member of the advisory committee. This rally called on U.S.
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