JASS Southeast Asia

When I first met Siti Harsun, my impression was of a quiet girl and a warm smile. But I soon learned not to be fooled by her appearance. Beneath her gentle manner, Harsun is a fierce organizer. Once our discussion turned to food security, her soft voice became fiery and filled with indignation.
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Southeast Asia celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 with a memorable bang!  From protests to parades, to cultural performances and dance-exercises, and to dialogues and discussion groups, women across Southeast Asia including, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Timor L’este commenmorated this day with vigor and awe.    
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"I’m willing to join more protest actions and even be detained every week just to get women’s and the people’s message across,” says Abigail Extremadura, a Filipino woman activist who was arrested in a demonstration on the eve of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) commemoration. Upon the vigilance of fellow women activists from GABRIELA, Abigail was released the following day. Undaunted, she once again partook in the IWD protest marches; this time, with more intense commitment.
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“When a woman goes to a police station to report domestic violence in Malaysia, the police ask questions such as ‘how many children do you have?’ or ‘do you love your husband?’ Then she is told to go back home,” says Manohara Subramaniam of JASS Southeast Asia. This situation is so familiar. It happens in Malaysia, in all countries of Southeast Asia and in many places across the globe.
International Women's Day! We stand with millions around the world today to celebrate the extraordinary ways women's and feminist movements are transforming the world for everyone. There is much to celebrate as we see a promising fresh wave of energy to demand an end to violence against women.
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Southeast Asian women literally shook the streets in an unconventional celebration of Valentine's Day on February 14. In Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines, women activists from JASS Southeast Asia held simultaneous activities as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against.
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