JASS Southeast Asia

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JASS SEA alum, Kamilia Manaf, was recently interviewed about the launch of a comic strip designed to teach LGBTQI youth about their rights using Yogyakarta principles. Her organization, the Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center is well-known for its cretaive use of ICTs to make LGBTQI rights accessible to a wide range of audiences.
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No one who has seen Nani on stage will ever forget this petite and amusing Muslim feminist powerhouse. As one of the founders of JASS in 2002, she helps to develops JASS policy, plans programs, oversees monitoring and evaluation, and facilitates workshops and training. She has co-led the establishment of JASS Southeast Asia (SEA), serving as mentor and guide to a wave of emerging feminist leaders around the region.
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Dina Lumbantobing is a gender & development specialist, trainer & consultant, with a focus on women's economic and political empowerment and organizing. She co-founded PESADA (Sada Ahmo Association), a Sumatra-based NGO that fights ethnic discrimination and promotes women’s rights. PESADA launched a women’s economic development program through women’s credit union groups that provides training, health services and political education for women and children on Nias Island.
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JASS welcomes you to become a part of this work: learn, reflect, debate, make connections, get involved and TAKE ACTION.
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(November 25 – December 10, 2011) All over the world, young women are taking to the streets to protest gender-based violence. According to the United Nations, up to 70% of all women experience gender-specific violence in their lifetime. In countries like Zimbabwe and Honduras where governments routinely crack down on democratic expression, women are taking a stand, often risking their lives to demand a halt to militarization, corruption, impunity and economic injustice that fuel violence against women.
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As many Southeast Asian countries gear up for elections in 2012, governments and development organizations have turned to quotas to expand women’s political participation and representation. Though important, more women in legislatures doesn’t necessarily translate into improvements in women’s rights and livelihoods, particularly those of marginalized women.
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It was a great opportunity to be part of an Asia Pacific level conference that is so reputable, particularly for my personal development.
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