Southern Africa - Allies

Malawi 

ActionAid implements grassroots integrated long-term development work in 14 districts of Malawi. ActionAid’s work at the community level forms the basis for engaging on national and international issues that cause and perpetuate poverty. Through policy and advocacy work, ActionAid aims to empower poor and excluded people to demand and achieve their basic rights.

APC is a network and organisation of activists, scholars, practitioners and advocates based in over 30 countries around the world. APC’s mission is to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability. APC strengthens JASS’ work through its long connection with Women’sNet, and provides key support in the development of knowledge and communications tools and methodologies.

Zambia 

Basali Amoho is a vibrant collective of community-based activists from urban and rural Zambia who are working together on issues of sexual and reproductive health rights, violence against women, as well as access to HIV/AIDS treatment and literacy in their respective communities. Formed in 2010, Basali Amoho came out of JASS' engagement with grassroots women leaders representing a wide range of constituencies and issues.

Malawi 

The Coalition of Women living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) is a grassroots organization based in Lilongwe and active in every district of Malawi. Working with a wide range of partners, COWLHA’s members bring the issues of women living with HIV to the national stage, while providing them with support. Over 50,000 members-strong after two years of operation, COWLHA provides a space for women to meet with leaders, receive microfinance support, and advocate for their needs

Zimbabwe 

A long-time JASS ally, GALZ is one of few LGBT organizations in Southern Africa. GALZ seeks to support and serve its members through training, health services, and ongoing public education and advocacy so that Zimbabweans and Africans generally respect the dignity of all people. 

Zambia 

Generation Alive (GaL) is a group of vibrant, diverse and young Zambian women activists who work to engage young women in leadership and decision-making, and also build the capacities and political awareness of young feminists in Zambia.  Born out of JASS’ Zambia movement building process, GaL aspires to raise a generation of young women who can participate in leadership and decision-making in their personal lives, within their organizations, and at the local and national levels.

Zimbabwe 

Katswe Sistahood is a feminist movement building organisation of dynamic young women fighting for the full attainment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) by women in Zimbabwe. Katswe is a platform that enables young women to mobilise, organise and articulate their needs with regard to SRH education, SRH services and legal protection from the community levels to policy-makers and implementers. As an ally to JASS in Zimbabwe, Katswe’s extensive knowledge and experience helps to strengthen JASS’ work in the country.

Malawi 

Founded by People living with HIV (PLHIV) in 1997, MANET+ is a coordinating and facilitating body that promotes effective networking amongst associations and support groups of people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and organisations working on HIV/AIDS.

Malawi 

Malawi Women’s Forum is a broad-based, more than 1200-strong grassroots women’s network that promotes rural women’s economic and political empowerment, access to development resources for livelihoods, literacy, and women’s rights throughout Malawi. JASS partners with several branches of Women’s Forum (Lilongwe Urban, Northern Region) to mobilise women activists.

Malawi 

MANERELA+ is a voluntary membership network of religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi. Its overall purpose is to reduce stigma, silence, denial, discrimination, inaction and miss-action (SSDDIM) with the faith community through the involvement of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV/AIDS as agents of change at both congregational and national level. JASS works with MANERELA+ to support women’s organising in Malawi, bringing its large constituency and linkages from the community level to policymaking bodies to bear.

Zimbabwe 

Musasa addresses the multi-faceted violence and suffering women have experienced in Zimbabwe, particularly over the past decade. In addition to running a shelter and counselling centres, they raise awareness, provide training and advocate. Musasa also supports JASS’ Heart—Mind—Body Initiative in Zimbabwe as an implementing partner organisation that brings a broad constituency across the country.

Malawi 

The National Association for People Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) was established in 1993 by a small group of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) who observed that their needs were not being met. A membership organisation active in all 28 districts of Malawi, NAPHAM fights against stigma and discrimination, advocates for supportive environments for PLHIV, and facilitates localised support groups for those who are infected and directly affected by HIV and AIDS.

Zambia 

The Non-Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) was established by a few Zambian women NGOs in 1985, after the United Nations’ World Conference on Women held in Nairobi Kenya. Born out of a realization that women’s empowerment is a long, often arduous process, NGOCC facilitates networking between women’s organisations, initiatives and cooperatives at the local, national, regional and international levels. NGOCC, with its extensive networking capacity, helps to connect JASS work across a broad spectrum of allies and partners.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa is a Pan-African women's human rights Fund established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fund is committed to enhancing African women’s leadership to bring about social justice, equality, equity and peace. UAF-Africa links the activities of women with the resources they require to respond to conflict and to take advantage of opportunities to advance women’s human rights. The fund also adds value to the work of women in Africa through provision of critical financial and technical resources to women’s rights organisations, and to innovative, rapid and unique initiatives that support women’s leadership in peace-building and justice processes.

Malawi 

Women for Fair Development (WOFAD) is a community based organisation that works to improve the living standards of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by economically empowering women, reducing stigma and discrimination among women and in their communities, conducting women’s rights sensitization activities and encouraging people to go for voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

Women’sNet is a feminist organization advancing gender equality and justice in South Africa by promoting the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for more effective communication and advocacy. The organization provides training and facilitates content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and their organizations to use ICTs to amplify their voice and agendas. Women’sNet supports JASS’ work regionally through ICT capacity building and training through feminist tech exchanges and regional writeshops.

Zambia 

Youth Vision is a youth-led NGO dedicated to promoting, defending, and advocating for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Zambia. The organization trains young people in SRHR, mobilizes their active political participation and works to raise awareness about and end violence against women. JASS works closely with Youth Vision to convene women-only spaces, Young Women’s Leadership Academies, for skills-building and strengthening young activists Zambia.