Alliance-building

This beautiful new Barefoot Guide, published by JASS-ally The Barefoot Guide Connection, dedicates Chapter 1 to JASS’ movement building work with HIV+ women organizing for health justice in Malawi.
Conducted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and carried out by FAMM Indonesia, a women's organization co-created and accompanied by JASS, this research paper delves into the topic of young women's participation in politics and public spaces. Though intensely marginalized and subject to backlash, this study finds that young women may overcome the closing of space through creative community organizing that strengthens self-esteem, builds infromal relationships, and increases leadership capabilities.
From September 8-11, we joined nearly 2000 diverse participants from across the globe in Brazil. From the Black Feminist Forum, plenaries, sessions and hubs, we were incredibly inspired and energized by what we heard, learned and offered. Together with allies, we shared stories and tools for cross-movement power and change.
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Filipina human trafficking Mary Jane Veloso who is on death row on Indonesia for alleged drug charges is touted as the woman that rallied her country. In the Philippines, Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia and the world – migrant rights organizations, women’s and other justice groups led different initiatives – all to save Mary Jane from impending execution. Vigils and protest actions were held, petition letters were sent, and signature campaigns as well as social media campaigns were launched. Indeed, Mary Jane’s case was a testament to the power of movements.
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When women get elected, many are hopeful that it’s a step in the right direction towards women’s equality. Yet history and evidence tell us that having more women in office doesn’t automatically translate into real change in women’s lives. Maggie Mapondera, JASS Southern Africa, talks with Egyptian political scientist, Mariz Tadros to explore this further.
Fungai Machirori questions how women's rights and solidarity efforts can be authentic in a world that often seems more concerned with the next big 'hashtag' movement.
Shereen Essof reflects on the commodification of struggles for freedom and the power of women's mobilizing in South Africa, and lessons we can take to revitalize and re-energize collective organizing across different contexts.
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Sometimes you just don’t know where things will end up. In 2009, JASS held a series of movement building institutes (MBIs) in Southern Africa that were attended by feminist activists in the region. These institutes catalysed energy and intent in different ways. The young women from Zambia who participated in the MBIs returned to their homes determined to ensure that their societies and communities transform. As Wala Nalungwe says, “The flame that was lit at the MBIs it would not end there. We did not want that.
Today, JASS honors the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, a political alliance that strengthens and mobilizes women human rights defenders in the volatile and increasingly violent contexts of Mesoamerica.
As JASS (Just Associates) in Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia, we express our collective concern about the growing violence, violations of basic political and civil rights, and deterioration of democratic institutions in Honduras in the context of the very contested elections.

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