Women's Stories

This booklet spotlights.our extraordinary networks that we have helped build, accompany and sustain. You will learn not only what women confront in hostile contexts, but also how they courageously respond with creative strategies that account for safety and risk and offer alternative solutions that support entire communities
In honor of Berta Cáceres, we share an earlier piece that spotlights some aspects of her journey as an indigenous leader in last few years. Thank you Berta for crossing many lines of courage and justice.
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In 2013, we lost a courageous leader in our community– Jamillah Katombo–an outspoken HIV+ Muslim grassroots activist. Jamillah dedicated her life to breaking the silence around HIV/AIDS in her community in Zambia, organizing scores of women to speak up about their status and demand access to quality treatment. We honor her by sharing her story.
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Young Zimbabwean feminist writer shares how her mother’s resilience inspires her to write women’s stories: "When I tell my mother’s story, I tell it with power and courage, not from the point of view of a sobbing, helpless and defeated being. She is a role model and an inspiration. But most importantly, she is the hero of her own story and not just a victim."
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Learn about the courageous organizing initiatives of four extraordinary networks that we have helped to build, accompany, and sustain.
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Check out this original spoken word, inspired by the death of Berta Caceres and the US 2016 presidential election, written by Emery Bright.
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Check out this online campaign by Global Fund for Women, JASS, & MADRE, featuring stories of 14 women activists from around the world who defend and advance human rights.
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JASS’ Winnet Shamuyarira speaks to Veronica Banda, a female pastor from Malawi who is among the women activists involved in the Our Bodies, Our Lives campaign. "My name is Veronica Banda and I am a female pastor from Malawi. I would like to share my story with the world, and hope it can inspire other women."
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Woman activist leader and feminist, Tiwonge Gondwe recounts her fight for dignity and justice in the struggle for better ARVs in Malawi. Tiwonge is one of the thousands of HIV+ women activists that JASS has been training, supporting and accompanying in the fight for decent health care resources since 2007.
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On 22 February 2012, Bettina Cruz was arrested by agents of the Federal Attorney General's office. Her arrest demonstrates the kinds of risk that a woman human rights defender may face but the outcome is proof that you can defend your community’s rights successfully.
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