JASS Southeast Asia

This report is a summary of the shared experiences and learning gained at the July 2014 JASS Southeast Asia (JASS SEA) Indigenous Women Workshop. Representatives from the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar gathered to reflect and share experiences of organizing as indigenous women.
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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…
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JASS Southeast Asia joins regional and international human rights allies in expressing its solidarity with the Filipino farmers and Lumad indigenous peoples who stood up for their right to food and resources. JASS likewise condemns the violent dispersal of the farmers and indigenous peoples in Kidapawan, North Cotabato on 1 April 2016 where 29 women are detained, including three pregnant women and six elderly individuals.
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The daughter of slain Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres called Friday for an immediate halt to the controversial dam project which the renowned human rights leader had mounted a decade long fight to stop.
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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.
In 2015, women activists in Southeast Asia were on the frontlines of crises and change. Despite experiencing some setbacks, women activists united and took collective action on critical issues affecting them such as repressive laws and backlash. The following stories highlight the different ways that Southeast Asian women rose above some of 2015’s most challenging moments: 
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In commemoration of the global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and JASS’ 5th annual regional campaign One Day, One Voice, young Cambodian men and women explored the complexities of violence against women in a community forum in Prey Veng province on the 10th of December 2015. Read more…
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In East Kalimantan and elsewhere in Indonesia, performing customary rituals of indigenous peoples are commonplace. But now, such activities could land them in prison. Indigenous women, however, are fighting back.
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This year’s One Day, One Voice (ODOV) theme, “Our Rights, Our Resources, Our Life”, JASS will spotlight the courageous ways women are defending their rights on resources—e.g. land, water, food) and social services like education—against governments, private firms and corporate interests.
“Khmer tradition dictates that women should just stay at home...My passion is to make women claim their rightful place in society even if it takes being behind these prison bars to prove this point,” said Kong Chantha, Cambodian land rights activist, while imprisoned, in December 2014.
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