JASS Southeast Asia

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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Filipina human trafficking Mary Jane Veloso who is on death row on Indonesia for alleged drug charges is touted as the woman that rallied her country. In the Philippines, Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia and the world – migrant rights organizations, women’s and other justice groups led different initiatives – all to save Mary Jane from impending execution. Vigils and protest actions were held, petition letters were sent, and signature campaigns as well as social media campaigns were launched. Indeed, Mary Jane’s case was a testament to the power of movements.
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Niken Lestari of FAMM-Indonesia (Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda-Indonesia) examines Indonesian migrant women’s plight and its interconnection with death penalty as enforced in Indonesia and its “receiving” countries such as Saudi Arabia. Read more...
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Along with other Indonesian rights groups, FAMM-Indonesia, a young women’s organization that JASS helped create, suffered intense backlash as they tried to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Read more...
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We stand here right now We stand tall and proud
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I got married at the height of the Cambodian peace rallies last year. During this time, the women’s groups in the peace rallies formed a volunteer paramedic team and I immediately joined. But, this decision became our first marital argument.
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JASS is proud to announce that Nani Zulminarni, a key member of our network and founding Regional Director of JASS Southeast Asia was presented with The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Leadership Award on June 18, 2014. This award honors Nani's leadership of PEKKA, an extraordinary movement of women headed households organized since 2002.
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Julie Lun (Caing Ngaih Lwin), a woman activist from Myanmar, examines violence against women and gender inequality in Myanmar. Julie, who has worked in the humanitarian field, especially for the rights of women and children since 2008, is also one of the regional coordinating group (RCG) representatives of JASS Southeast Asia (JASS SEA).
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Niken Lestari relates the involvement of young Indonesian women of the JASS-inspired Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda – Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia) in the recent Indonesian legislative elections.

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