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 on April 14, 2014 on 12:36 pm

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. I was excited and ready with my notebook and pen to write down juicy stuff but 15 minutes into the conversation, I had packed my notebook back in my bag while my right leg bounced up and down as l debated whether to stay for the rest of the discussion. If I was to summarize my reaction in one word, it would be: disappointment. “But why,” you ask? Aren’t you like an African youth?

by on April 11, 2014 on 5:19 pm

For three days in Johannesburg, JASS has been asking the big questions for feminist movement building and activism in Southern Africa: where, what, who, why and how.

by Dudziro Nhengu on April 8, 2014 on 2:38 pm

I read Ngugi wa Thiongo’s The Trial of Dedani Kimathi years back when I was still in lower secondary school. The character that sticks with me most since that time is the woman political activist who works to support the liberation movement. She smuggles a gun into the courtroom by storing it in a loaf of bread with its insides removed expertly for that purpose. She is an ordinary market woman but uses her agency as part of the formidable people’s liberation movement to unseat colonialism in Kenya.  No one has taught the woman the skill, just as no one taught Gorky’s Mother how to organise the underground movement that supported the masses during the Russian Revolution.

by Niken Lestari on March 19, 2014 on 10:36 pm

Niken Lestari of the JASS-inspired Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda-Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia or Young Women Activists’ Forum-Indonesia) talks about her own journey on ICT knowledge and awareness on “internet rights”.

by JASS on March 17, 2014 on 3:35 am

Winnet Shamuyarira and Maggie Mapondera recall seven striking things about the Stop Rape Now peaceful protest in Zimbabwe that saw hundreds of women take to the streets to end violence.

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