JASS Southeast Asia

From June 17-18, twenty-five Southeast Asian researchers, human rights advocates, grassroots leaders, and activists came together for a conversation about the changing context in Southeast Asia and its impact on women, women’s rights and women’s activism.  
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"Rise up," said Shirin Ebadi, "and love justice." The Iranian Nobel Laureate was speaking at a recent conference, Moving Beyond Militarism and War: Women-driven Solutions for a Non-Violent World convened by the Nobel Women's Initiative in Belfast (a city with a long history of peace-making against al
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Young women activists of FAMM-Indonesia stood side by side, wrists roped together, mouths taped, to express their vehement opposition to the proposed Ormas Bill, which obliges organizations to “uphold morality and ethics and nurture the country’s religious and cultural norms.”
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When Manohara and her fellow activists came together to form the Women’s Equality Association (WEA) in 2012, they thought, “Maybe we should form a women’s shelter where we will do real work.” In the beginning, the foremost question that they had in mind was, “What are we going to do that is different from others?”
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Barely five months into its formation, FAMM-Indonesia is already making waves. From text messaging blast campaigns against the discriminatory regulation of women's bodies to mobilizing dialogues and protests to amplify women's voices, FAMM is building young women's movements in Indonesia.
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