JASS Southeast Asia

Rosanna Langara - or “Osang” as she is called, is an activist from the Philippines and since 2007, has been a great addition to JASS, where she began as a participant in JASS Southeast Asia’s first movement-building institute. In September 2012, Osang joined the JASS Southeast Asia team full-time to bring her political smarts, humor, and writing talent to support the region’s knowledge and communications work.
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“One fight, One Voice: Women, Assert Your Rights” was the overarching theme of JASS Southeast Asia’s 2nd annual One Day, One Voice regional campaign. Commemorating the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women, during the first week of December, Southeast Asian women from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia & the Philippines took to the street to denounce the increasingly alarming rate of state-sponsored gender-based violence.
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“Challenging patriarchy does not necessarily mean getting into positions of power,” explains Amporn Boontan, Thailand’s regional coordinating group (RCG) representative for JASS Southeast Asia, after having been recently elected as a Sub-district Committee Leader of the Women's Empowerment Fund. “I can use this role to start something. Women are actually waiting for action,” explains Amporn.
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Formed to challenge the lack of women’s representation in the Indonesian government, the Balcony Faction has become a powerful platform for getting women to speak out directly to legislators in session. Protesting from the balcony of Parliament, Indonesian women are making it impossible for Parliamentarians to ignore their advocacy demands.
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"Sometimes it can be intentional. They do it for fun and then the girl alleges that it’s rape. Cases of teenage rape are sometimes the victims’ fault."   - Minister Mendikbud Nuh, Indonesia’s Education Minister
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“For me, cancer is a rite of passage – from darkness to light, from sorrow to joy, from despair to hope, from confusion to enlightenment.  Above all, from clinging to self-pride to warming up to the love, support, and concern of others. As in all struggles, we are not alone.” – Eve, writer and activist, battling with leukemia The first time I saw Eve a few years ago, my first impression was, ‘Well, she looks like a Roman Catholic nun.’  Can she even break a glass?  Yet, as I would later learn about her life and struggles, beneath that gentle face was a tough persona.  
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There is no need for a women’s rights movement in Malaysia.
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Video images of feminists from Indonesia and Timor L'este joining together for a workshop to strengthen and diversify the leadership of women's movements through intergenerational political education, skills-building activities and trans-border learning. Later in 2008, JASS convened a larger regional institute for women of all ages working to address the combined challenges of poverty, labor exploitation, migration and trafficking facing women.

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