JASS Southeast Asia

Extreme weather is displacing communities and putting emergency food aid at the center of women’s community organizing in the Philippines. After a severe 5-month drought, farmers and indigenous peoples led a peaceful protest to demand the long-promised food aid, but the police responded violently—leaving two farmers dead and many more including women injured or unlawfully arrested.
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For JASS, 2014 was a year of recognition, impact and going deeper in our movement-building strategies to support women and organizations leading social justice efforts. Our sustained efforts in equipping activists and networks at the community level generated global impact and opportunities for women’s voice, visibility and collective power on human rights. The report highlights some of the key moments that stood out.
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Building on previous writings by Annie Holmes, Alia Khan, Lisa VeneKlasen, Alexa Bradley, this case study examines how a grassroots economic and political organizing approach works to transform the lives of women heads of household—in effect, the poorest of the poor—by applying a combination of feminist popular education, community organizing processes and the building of cooperative forms of saving and microfinance.  It examines how they influence key government policies and legal systems and how they hold government accountable, often in highly unfavorable circumstances of repression and
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From landslides and floods to earthquakes and forest fires—environmental crises are plaguing the people of Southeast Asia. Women in Indonesia and Myanmar are leading emergency responses and organizing their communities to respond and prevent future problems.
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Don’t be fooled by her shy demeanor – Amoy Sastri is a young woman with an abundance of experience, skills and stories to share. Schooled at the Vocational School of Jakarta 50 majoring in accounting, Amoy began her first job on the customer data entry staff of CIMB Niaga Bank of Jakarta. She later worked in a factory at the Indonesian Epson Industry in Jakarta for almost three years.  Before joining JASS Southeast Asia (SEA) in late 2014, Amoy worked for JASS SEA partner, PEKKA, where she was introduced to non-profit development work.  
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Last month, heavy rains coupled with cyclone Komen ravaged Myanmar, causing floods and landslides in 12 out 14 states in Myanmar. This is considered as the worst natural disaster to hit the country in decades.
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Not too long ago, Sreymom Loem was working under unfavorable conditions as a garment worker in Cambodia. Today, she is an activist who fights for women garment workers' rights. Read more on how she got there!
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"The attack on the unarmed demonstrators was a cowardly act on the part of the police." says Thinzar Shunlei Yi, in response to the violent police crackdown on 200 students who were peacefully protesting against the new National Education Law on March 10th.
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From June 17-18, twenty-five Southeast Asian researchers, human rights advocates, grassroots leaders, and activists came together for a conversation about the changing context in Southeast Asia and its impact on women, women’s rights and women’s activism.
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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. But today my husband has realized why it is important to get involved. He just says, “Run very fast when police starts dispersing.”
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