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JASS had a strong and visible presence at the AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development) Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2008. JASS core team leaders Nani Zulminarni (Indonesia) and Martha Tholanah (Zimbabwe) were featured in the third opening plenary on the "Context of Our Work," and JASS board Co-chair Srilatha Batliwala and JASS Southern Africa activist Sindi Blose (South Africa) closed the forum on the final plenary.
By Keba, South Africa A session that was supposed to be about experiences of hate crimes, and remembering people we have lost at the hand of homophobia ended up into something else. The session started so well, we had panelists who did presentations and expressions from different organisations, but same people that we always see in these meetings and panels. I loved what Chan from Zambia, if not mistaken said, who he identifies as a transmen. He feels that there is no unity within the feminist movement. A lot of people identified with her.
Written by Amanda Awethu I cannot believe I almost gave up on coming to Cape Town for the 11th AWID Forum. I was on the verge of giving up as I had hassles trying to get the South African visa - every time I go to apply for a visa (twice a year), there are always new rules. Anyway, I am happy to be connecting with feminists and getting affirmation that feminism is the way to go in my work and my life.
From AWID, I have learnt on how to strengthen women's organisations and to bring solidality on womens movement in our regions and our countries and documentation is important. To make sure that we are  achieving the MDG3 is when we as women we realise our rights, we exercise them and they are fullfied. It's we women who can make things to change by dismantling patriachal systems which are oppressing women.
Today i'm very happy because i'm attend one session about dancing the revolution. I am learning about how to make activities to fun. it's great....that's inspiring my self to make a good plan activities in the future in my country. Thanks for sisters from Luthania...for the new esperiences.
As I look forward to the opening of the AWID forum , I am quite excited about the work that the young feminist have planned for the conference.It pleases me to know that space has been opened up for young feminists within the forum and I hope their visibility will make an impact. One of the young feminists today said, "If you want to go fast, walk alone but if you want to go far, walk with others."
By Wala The meeting was explosive with different ideas from diverse women across the globe. It was an enriching and eye opening experience. It also challenged me as a woman and as an activist to do more for the women's cause. JASS Cross Regional November 2008, Cape Town, South Africa
Lisa VeneKlasen
Following the AWID Forum, JASS brought together its core teams and board for a two-day strategic planning meeting that integrated the insights generated from the dialogue and the Forum into a forward-looking four-year vision and plan.
Lisa VeneKlasen
This session, which uses the JASS Southern Africa framework and video as it’s core outline, will look at HIV/AIDS from the lens of power and inequality in order to define the many ways that this urgent challenge facing women presents opportunities for movement-building and energizing women's rights agendas.
We have a bad cholera outbreak. Everywhere I look, I get worried - anyone, including me, has a high chance of contracting cholera. As if we have not had enough troubles with the political jokers and the central bank severely compromising our right to life. I get increasingly angry, yet I know anger only gets me into a state of compromising my immune system.

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