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Welcome to the new JASS Blog! We will be reporting on our trip to the International Conference on AIDS (ICA) in Mexico City this August! Check back soon for videos, photos, and posts from the JASS bloggers from JASS Africa and JASS MesoAmerica, who are coming together for an exciting cross-regional dialogue during the event.  
San Jose. June 7, 2008. (María Suárez Toro, FIRE)
Patience Mandishona & Martha Tholanah
Organizing in Zimbabwe has been challenging, even dangerous, for some years. As the country’s economic crisis has deepened – with measurable inflation reaching 79,600,000,000% monthly and 98% daily in November 2008 – activists have had to pit themselves against repressive laws and actions such as Operation Murambatsvina, a wave of brutal urban clearance, beginning in 2005 and repeated since, that has affected an estimated 2.4 million Zimbabweans.
Organizing in Zimbabwe has been difficult, even dangerous, for some years. Lesbian activism confronts particular obstacles, notes Patience Mandishona of GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe): the president's open homophobia and the challenges of mobilizing Southern African women, even feminists, around issues such as hate crimes against lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). Read an interview with Patience and Martha Tholanah on GALZ’ innovative action and its intersection with JASS movement-building.
CEDAW Working Group Initiative
This report is the result of monitoring and critical analyses by non-government organizations (NGO) in Indonesia concerning the implementation of CEDAWthroughout the years 1998-2007. It is made on the basis of the mechanism of the CEDAW committee that makes it possible for non-government organizations to propose a shadow report as a counterpart/ alternative report to the report prepared by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
Emira Woods and Lisa VeneKlasen
An op-ed written by Lisa VeneKlasen and JASS board member, Emira Woods, on the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as President of Liberia.
Lisa VeneKlasen
Reflections about power, movement building and our feminist futures drawn from conversations among 1700 women’s rights advocates over four days and nights

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