by JASS on March 6, 2018 on 9:45 am

Written by visiting intern Veronica Espaillat, this blog explores how feminists have used safe spaces (albeit under different names) to build trust and create shared agendas among women. Despite extraordinary contextual differences, she finds that variations of feminist safe spaces appear across contexts, changing women's lives for the better.

by JASS on June 2, 2016 on 3:18 pm

"As women struggle for the biodiversity of the planet, defend livelihoods threatened by mining and extractives, and put their lives on the line, we need to prioritise the protection of WHRDs." JASS Southern Africa’s Winnet Shamuyarira reflects on defenders across Africa and their fight for the right to lands, livelihoods and life.

by Niken Lestari on May 31, 2016 on 3:39 am

The majority of indigenous women of Indonesia face multiple challenges in their daily lives: being a woman, being an indigenous woman, and being a rural poor indigenous woman. For Pipi Supeni, an indigenous woman from the Dayak Benuaq tribe of East Kalimantan, being constantly in the margins is not a hopeless situation. Representing her organizations, she leads her community in raising indigenous women’s awareness of their rights. Read more…

by JASS on May 10, 2016 on 3:25 am

“I now know how to use a tablet which is not a norm in Malawi because [many believe] tablets cannot and should not be used by a local woman like me,” says woman activist leader Jessie Mwale of Mzimba, Malawi. “But because [of this skill I am empowered and I have knowledge.” 

Mobile phones in the hands of women activist leaders can be powerful tools to drive movements and campaigns. Because mobile phones are a personal part of our daily lives, they have the potential to reach and impact thousands more people.

by JASS on February 1, 2016 on 1:37 am

In Seram Islands, Indonesia, women rise from poverty through Bina Masadah (Women, There is Hope), a women farmers’ cooperative that they formed in the coastal community of Nuruwe. Women lead the seaweed processing and run the cooperative themselves.

by on July 19, 2015 on 12:37 pm

Everywhere at the Human Rights Council (HRC) the catchphrase on everyone’s tongue was “shrinking spaces for civil society”. But what does it mean, really? How are activists grappling with this “shrinking space” in their work? To try and find out a little more, JASS Southern Africa's Maggie Mapondera interviewed activists from as far afield as Mongolia, Brazil and India to learn from their experiences and analysis.