JASS Blog

by Lisa VeneKlasen on October 18, 2019 on 10:42 am

Happy JASS Day! In 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico declared October 18 at day of celebration and solidarity with women human rights defenders fighting for land, water, and territories. JASS Executive Director Lisa VeneKlasen writes about how growing up in Santa Fe influenced her politics and her feminism in this letter of appreciation to our growing Santa Fe community.

by Martha Tholanah on December 13, 2008 on 9:31 am

Why I Will Not Join the Celebration

World AIDS Day (WAD) came upon us again on the 1st of December – 2008 marking the 20th such commemoration. Surprisingly we are still doing the same things we have done over the years. So many resources, and so much time was put into preparing for the national event in Zimbabwe, and all in the spirit of the multisectoral approach following the three ones. We still had the same messages on leadership that we have had over the last few years, and still had the big national event in the Mashonaland Central provincial capital of Bindura.

by JASS on December 1, 2008 on 12:21 am

Pantsunburma shares her reflections at the JASS Crossregional Dialogue.

by Martha Tholanah on November 27, 2008 on 7:32 am

I got home in Harare back from AWID Forum in Cape Town to even more distressing situation with prices of basic commodities beyond skyrocketing, cholera out of control while officialdom claims everything is under control. In the meantime NGOs are doing business as usual - trying to finish the pennies they were pinching during the year - they need to finish them before the end of the year. So, we are in a mad rush of workshops in hotels, while many are dying. So, why won't donors allow NGOs to redirect money to humanitarian crises? Do NGOs ever request this redirection to more worthy causes on their doorsteps?

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by JASS on November 25, 2008 on 11:29 am

JASS had a strong and visible presence at the AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development) Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2008. JASS core team leaders Nani Zulminarni (Indonesia) and Martha Tholanah (Zimbabwe) were featured in the third opening plenary on the "Context of Our Work," and JASS board Co-chair Srilatha Batliwala and JASS Southern Africa activist Sindi Blose (South Africa) closed the forum on the final plenary. JASS staff and allies participated on and led half a dozen workshops and presentations, JASS videos were a big hit, and the JASS booth was the heart of the ballroom with friends, music, and space for sharing and networking.

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by JASS on November 17, 2008 on 10:28 am

By Keba, South Africa

A session that was supposed to be about experiences of hate crimes, and remembering people we have lost at the hand of homophobia ended up into something else. The session started so well, we had panelists who did presentations and expressions from different organisations, but same people that we always see in these meetings and panels. I loved what Chan from Zambia, if not mistaken said, who he identifies as a transmen. He feels that there is no unity within the feminist movement. A lot of people identified with her.

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