Southeast Asia - Resources

A JASS Southeast Asia activist discusses her organizing work as an LGBT activist in Indonesia, and why being a part of the JASS community is so important to her. Read More
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.
Laura Carlsen and JASS partners, with contributions from Rosanna "Osang" Langara, Lisa VeneKlasen, Patricia Ardon & Natalia Escruceria
This issue of Making Change Happen examines the threats, challenges, strategies and aspirations of indigenous and rural women within the greater JASS community. Why this focus? There is plenty of evidence to indicate that indigenous and rural women are facing increasing difficulties throughout the world.
"I want to learn more on how to build a movement across the region as a young woman activist.”
Siti Harsun, Gizela da Cruz de Carvalho , Chan Kunthea, Dina Lumbantobing
This presentation is from Women’s Organizing for Economic Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia, a breakout session at the AWID 2012 Internation Forum on Women's Rights and Development. Around the world, access to cash and credit through microfinancing programs is touted as a magic bullet for eradicating women’s poverty. Yet, there is limited evidence that these strategies alone fundamentally alter the power relationships that drive women’s poverty in the first place.
Arundhati Roy
The word on the street (and in the New York Times) is, or at least was, that after all that effort and gardening, the Ambanis don’t live in Antilla. No one knows for sure. People still whisper about ghosts and bad luck, Vastu and Feng Shui. Maybe it’s all Karl Marx’s fault. (All that cussing.) Capitalism, he said, “has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, that it is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.”
Srilatha Batliwala
The past two decades witnessed the emergence of a new range of transnational social movements, networks, and organizations seeking to promote a more just and equitable global order. With this broadening and deepening of cross-border citizen action, however, troubling questions have arisen about their rights of representation and accountability—the internal hierarchies of voice and access within transnational civil society are being highlighted.
Srilatha Batliwala
Over the past fifty years of development history, we have seen the repeated distortion of good ideas and innovative practices as they are lifted out of the political and historical context in which they evolved and rendered into formulas that are “mainstreamed”. This usually involves divesting the idea of its cultural specificity, its political content, and generalizing it into a series of rituals and steps that simulate its original elements, but usually end up without the transformative power of the real thing.
Vivek Ramkumar
A two-part case study of India's peasant- and worker-led Right to Information Campaign, connecting livelihood struggles with rights advocacy.

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