JASS Southeast Asia

Our JASS Southeast Asia team in the Philippines report that after more than a decade of persistent grassroots organizing and advocacy, legislation that would guarantee protection for human rights defenders (HRD) may finally come to fruition this year.
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In recent months, abortion bans have dominated the headlines. But these battles are not only happening in the U.S. We talked to colleagues and allies about abortion rights in Nicaragua, Mexico, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe – and what that means for people who need to access the full range of reproductive care.
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On this International Women’s Day in this all-important International Women’s Month, with so much to shout about, we are lifting up three things to celebrate with you: Women as first-responders to crises, #GlobalSisterhood, Feminism for everybody.
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We close 2013 by adding our own heart-felt goodbye to the many beautiful tributes in honor of the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela. Among the many ways that Mandela has shaped what we do and how we do it at JASS was his rare ability to bring together power and love as a potent force for change that made the impossible, possible.
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Happy International Women's Day! A big theme around the world is violence against women and how to stop it, and despite some grim realities, we're actually feeling optimistic. First, let's acknowledge how much progress has been made – laws, policies, services, task forces, research, training, and even phone apps! Though uneven, there is awareness that violence is wrong and unacceptable – in homes, in wars, in the military, in schools, at workplaces, at parties, on buses, and in intimate relationships.
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From Gaza to Ukraine to the US-border, we are reminded of how interlinked our humanity and histories truly are, and of the importance of global citizenship—speaking out against injustice and war wherever it may be.
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On Wednesday our team in Mexico City joined 100,000 others in the streets to demand that the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa be returned alive, and that those responsible be held accountable. They marched with Nobel Laureate, Jody Williams, a close JASS ally who traveled there in solidarity to amplify the call to action.
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Four months in, 2015 has had its share of crises, but still somehow filled with extraordinary examples of courage and resilience.First, let’s celebrate. In El Salvador, Guadalupe Vasquez, a rape survivor was pardoned and released from prison after serving 7 years of a 30 year sentence for having a miscarriage—giving us hope of a possible reversal of the 20 year sentence Purvi Patel received in Indiana, USA. Both cases reveal the transnational character of efforts to control women’s bodies and the equally transnational character of the feminist push back.
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Just like the moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. ~ Maya Angelou
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Beirut, Paris, Baghdad, Syria... Too many communities torn by violence. We grieve with the families and communities hurt. Amidst the senseless and inevitable clamors for more war, the many gestures of solidarity that ripple across social media remind us of our common humanity and the enduring demand for peace.
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