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Meet two activists from Nigeria and South Africa—Betty Abah and Nomonde Nkosi—saying, "No!" to Big Coal. Despite the distance that separates them and their contexts, their powerful stories illustrate women’s courage, leadership and organization in standing up to multinational corporations.
"What does 'women's empowerment' mean?" JASS Southern Africa's Shereen Essof and Maggie Mapondera sound off on the African Union's recent appointment of President Robert Mugabe as Chair and pledge to put women's empowerment at the top of the agenda.
(New York) – The adoption of the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee is a step forward in protecting those who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights, including women’s rights, Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and JASS (Just Associates) said today. Notes:
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"I want to learn more on how to build a movement across the region as a young woman activist.”
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What does a person from the United States have to say of value to colleagues in Pakistan about political consciousness? I am not entirely sure. But let me try by starting with my own initial struggles with consciousness and move to some of the lessons and questions gathered from friends and colleagues around the world.
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Alquimia, JASS Mesoamerica’s learning and education initiative, integrates leadership training and knowledge generation to create a dynamic fusion of key program elements designed to strengthen feminist movement building in the region.
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A New Weave was translated to Bahasa Indonesian in 2006. A New Weave of Power, People & Politics provides a well-tested approach for building people’s participation and collective power that goes beyond influencing policy and politics to transforming public decision-making altogether. Based on 25 years of participatory research, community development, neighborhood organizing, legal rights education, and large-scale campaign advocacy experiences worldwide, A New Weave combines concrete and practical action “steps” with a sound theoretical foundation to help users understand the process of people-centered politics from planning to action. Published in 2002 and reprinted in 2007, the guide is unique in its emphasis on power and constituency-building discussed through the lens of gender/race/class and based on the concrete experiences of social change in dozens of countries worldwide.
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The Feminist Transformation Watch (FTW) emerged from processes of feminist popular education and movement building and is designed to support the creativity and courage of women who are questioning, confronting and transforming power. A constantly evolving methodology and political action approach, the FTW was created by the Petateras2, women activists and popular educators from the Americas with long histories of working for equality and social justice.
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JASS’ Malawi Movement Building Initiative – Amayi Tadzuka! Women Awake! –launched in February 2009 with three workshops in Lilongwe, Mzuzu, and Blantyre. Then, at the end of 2009, a national workshop consolidated the transformative process with district-level leaders from February, together with their national-level coordinators.
The International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, August 3-8, 2008 provided an important opportunity for JASS activists to understand, face-to-face, the politics and actors dominating global decision-making on HIV/AIDS and to make their voices heard at this important international gathering. The JASS delegation was comprised of seven Southern African activists, five Mesoamerican activists – including two journalists from JASS’ strategic partner, Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) based in Costa Rica – and three members of the JASS crossregional team.
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