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by JASS on March 8, 2018 on 3:55 am

Like most Cambodian women, journalist Chantrea Koeut-Urgell knows how it feels to face gender inequality. Chantrea shares her experiences of growing up in a patriarchal society that considered women weak and their reputations easily stained. She shares her powerful story from childhood trauma to sexual harassment she’s faced at work.

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by Rosanna Langara on May 12, 2013 on 7:59 am

Women are wooed. Women are raped. Women are impregnated.
Women are abducted. Women are raped. Women become mentally ill.

Women are wrongly accused. Women are raped. Women get death threats.
Women are raped. Women are raped. Women are raped.
Different women, same stories: sexual violence in conflict.

In Southeast Asia, there are civil wars going on. In fact, the region is touted as “home to the world’s longest ongoing civil wars.” Burma, Philippines, and south of Thailand – these are just few of the countries in the region with wars in progress.

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by Rosanna Langara on April 30, 2013 on 2:12 am

“Our lives are not dependent on our governments. Many governments actually fail to do their duty. They just leave the women and the people to struggle alone,” says Dina Lumbantobing of JASS Southeast Asia. 

In a bid to address the continuing exclusion of civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements from government processes, hundreds of activists and grassroots leaders joined the Global Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum on the Post‐2015 Development Agenda held last March 23-24, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.

by Niken Lestari on March 12, 2013 on 9:25 pm

Niken Lestari is an urban, middle-class-educated woman. She has experienced verbal violence has survived sexual harassment.

Niken is currently one of the regional coordinating group (RCG) representatives of Indonesia. She is also the national coordinator of the newly-formed Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia) or Indonesian Young Women Activist Forum, a women’s organization influenced and inspired by JASS.

by Rosanna Langara on February 7, 2013 on 11:17 pm

The Philippines has a strong nationalist movement and I grew up in this context.  Movements and movement building are not novel concepts for me.  The Filipino counterpart of movement is kilusan; I learned this word at about the same time I learned how to count and to read.  I was born and raised near Mendiola, a stone’s throw away from Malacañang Palace (the Philippine president’s office) and the battleground of bloody demonstrations and protest actions of the martial law era during the rule of Ferdinand Marcos, known locally (and internationally) as the Philippines’ first dictator. 

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by Srilatha Batliwala on November 23, 2016 on 3:43 pm

JASS Board Co-chair and feminist scholar, Srilatha Batliwala, writes about what crossing the line means to her: "I bow my head in salutation to Januba and her mother. I bow my head in silent salutation to all the women around the world who cross the line."

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