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Zambia's first lady surprised the international community when she spoke out on LGBTI rights. Many activists and JASS allies across the region are wondering, what’s next—will those in power begin to formulate concrete policies that will put these words into action, and make a difference in the lives of LGBTI people?
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In a context where conservative culture, social disparities and economic struggles exacerbate violence against women, fracture communities and serve to entrench the inequalities that oppress women daily, a group of community-based activists are coming together to compose a different narrative.
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Basali Amoho is a vibrant collective of community-based activists from urban and rural Zambia who are working together on issues of sexual and reproductive health rights, violence against women, as well as access to HIV/AIDS treatment and literacy in their respective communities. Formed in 2010, Basali Amoho came out of JASS' engagement with grassroots women leaders representing a wide range of constituencies and issues.
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Zambian feminist, Wala Nalungwe calls for an inclusive feminist movement that fights for the rights of all women.
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It’s not easy to identify yourself as a feminist in Zambia. You risk violent backlash or isolation in your community, workplace, and relationships. For Nana Zulu, her first contact with JASS in 2009 raised the question: What does it mean to be a feminist in Zambia today?
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JASS’ widely-recognizable symbol speaks right to the heart of women across the region. From rural activists in Northern Malawi to young women in Lusaka, the call to “cross the lines” of inequality and oppression rings true. See JASS SNA in action.
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For women, especially young women in Zambia, choices about sex and sexuality lie at the heart of women’s struggle for equality.
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Chanda is a young, energetic feminist living and working in Zambia where she was born. Chanda is the Gender Programs & Advocacy Officer at Youth Vision Zambia, and works closely with JASS SNA to oversee the Young Women’s Leadership Academy program. Chanda is also a co-founder and member of Zambian feminist collective, Generation Alive—and initiative committed to deconstructing patriarchal systems that limit and oppress women.
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The Non-Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) was established by a few Zambian women NGOs in 1985, after the United Nations’ World Conference on Women held in Nairobi Kenya. Born out of a realization that women’s empowerment is a long, often arduous process, NGOCC facilitates networking between women’s organisations, initiatives and cooperatives at the local, national, regional and international levels. NGOCC, with its extensive networking capacity, helps to connect JASS work across a broad spectrum of allies and partners.
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Generation Alive (GaL) is a group of vibrant, diverse and young Zambian women activists who work to engage young women in leadership and decision-making, and also build the capacities and political awareness of young feminists in Zambia.  Born out of JASS’ Zambia movement building process, GaL aspires to raise a generation of young women who can participate in leadership and decision-making in their personal lives, within their organizations, and at the local and national levels.
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