JASS Southeast Asia

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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After being in and out of prison since 2011, land rights activist Eva Bande was granted presidential pardon and released on Dec. 21. “Granting a pardon [does not stop] cases of land conflicts in the region. The farmers are still struggling,” said Eva in a press conference.
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This report brings you stories and insights from across the JASS network. Here, you'll read how different women see their world and the innovative ways they are challenging abuses of power and building deeply democratic alternatives.
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Written by Pin Marin I have long dreamed of living in a “prosperous” Cambodia – where everyone contributes to the country’s development, where women and men are active and equal participants, and where we finally attain peace and justice.
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In September, JASS Southeast Asia and JASS Mesoamerica converged in New York with a delegation of indigenous women leaders who have been part of our leadership schools and women human rights defenders strategies in both regions.Their convergence matched another—the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the People’s Climate March—bringing together diverse agendas, from activism on climate change to indigenous people’s rights.
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