JASS Southeast Asia

JASS Southeast Asia’s Yit Sophorn explains how the young women are standing up to fight against rape and all forms of violence against women in Cambodia.
The Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network (CYWEN) and other young women’s groups stood in solidarity with women workers who are calling for decent wages. These young women demanded no less than justice for the woman who died in a recent SL workers’ demonstration in Phnom Penh.
Recounting her experience and learnings at the Conference on Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties held in Bangkok, Thailand, Maria Mustika of the Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia or Young Indonesian Women Activists’ Forum) enjoins Southeast women to seize the online space.
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On the occasion of the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, Thai women activists made use of creative platforms to popularize taboo topics like abortion. An outdoor street performance, film screening and dialogue with young women, professionals and safe abortion advocates and allies sought to highlight abortion stories from women’s perspective.
What does online activism mean for urban poor women? Misty Lorin, an urban poor community organizer of SAMAKANA (Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa or Organization of United Urban Poor Women), talks about successful online campaigns on women’s rights and making use of social media to provide spaces for women’s causes.
Cambodia’s fragile political situation led women’s groups and NGOs to establish a group of youth volunteers, the First Aid Group, whose main role is to give immediate medical aid to Cambodian protesters in case violence sparks in the peace demonstrations. Women from the JASS-inspired Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network (CYWEN) are part of the core of this group. Read more…
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Just like a saga, the recent media brouhaha on virginity testing for young girls in Indonesia proves that the discourse on this testing is far from over. In 2007, several students of Indramayu got involved in a sex video case. Indramayu regent Irianto MS Syafiuddin said back then that mandatory virginity tests will be enforced on young female students to determine if they are virgins – subject to their dismissal if proven otherwise. Although the testing never happened, the ‘virginity’ discussion continues to roll.
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When Philippine President Benigno Aquino came into power in 2010, his electoral platform focused on eradicating graft and corruption in government voiced out in his “righteous road” speech. Now, apart from the recent “pork barrel” controversy, numerous allegations of graft and corruption involving his relatives, cabinet members, and political allies are widespread.
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“No, I can't write about myself! What should I write? I am embarrassed!” cried Swita, a 24-year-old activist. Swita works at Yayasan Harapan Ibu (Mother's Hope Foundation) and organizes women sex workers in Jayapura, Papua Province in Indonesia.
“Are writers born or made?” The young women activists of Indonesia have long resolved this classic Jack Kerouac question. The JASS-inspired organization Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda – Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia) or Young Indonesian Women Activists’ Forum (erstwhile JASS-Indonesia) has been holding write-shops (or writing workshops) to develop the writing skills of its members, composed mostly of young grassroots women leaders. 
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