Economic justice

JASS Mesoamerica’s Daysi Flores gives a personal account of the impact of Berta Cáceres’ death on her life and activism: “I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day before she was murdered. We were talking about a workshop we were doing together on collective healing and power. The last thing she said to me was, “Take care, compita.”
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Building on previous writings by Annie Holmes, Alia Khan, Lisa VeneKlasen, Alexa Bradley, this case study examines how a grassroots economic and political organizing approach works to transform the lives of women heads of household—in effect, the poorest of the poor—by applying a combination of feminist popular education, community organizing processes and the building of cooperative forms of saving and microfinance.  It examines how they influence key government policies and legal systems and how they hold government accountable, often in highly unfavorable circumstances of repression and
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This case study was presented at the Scaling Accountability: Integrated Approaches to Civil Society Monitoring and Advocacy workshop organised by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, School of International Service at American University, the International Budget Partnership and Government Watch of Ateneo School of Government, held 18-20 June 2015, in Washington, D.C. It discusses JASS’ work in Malawi, which began in 2007 as an effort to facilitate and support the greater participation of women living with HIV / AIDS (WLHIV) in all matters affecting their lives.
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From landslides and floods to earthquakes and forest fires—environmental crises are plaguing the people of Southeast Asia. Women in Indonesia and Myanmar are leading emergency responses and organizing their communities to respond and prevent future problems.
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Everywhere at the Human Rights Council (HRC) the catchphrase on everyone’s tongue is “shrinking spaces for civil society”. But what does it mean, really? How are activists grappling with this “shrinking space” in their work? To try and find out a little more, JASS Southern Africa's Maggie Mapondera interviewed activists from as far afield as Mongolia, Brazil and India to learn from their experiences and analysis.
Everywhere at the Human Rights Council (HRC) the catchphrase on everyone’s tongue is “shrinking spaces for civil society”. But what does it mean, really? How are activists grappling with this “shrinking space” in their work? To try and find out a little more, JASS Southern Africa's Maggie Mapondera interviewed activists from as far afield as Mongolia, Brazil and India to learn from their experiences and analysis.
Not too long ago, Sreymom Loem was working under unfavorable conditions as a garment worker in Cambodia. Today, she is an activist who fights for women garment workers' rights. Read more on how she got there!
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On 22 February 2012, Bettina Cruz was arrested by agents of the Federal Attorney General's office. Her arrest demonstrates the kinds of risk that a woman human rights defender may face but the outcome is proof that you can defend your community’s rights successfully.
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Meet two activists from Nigeria and South Africa—Betty Abah and Nomonde Nkosi—saying, "No!" to Big Coal. Despite the distance that separates them and their contexts, their powerful stories illustrate women’s courage, leadership and organization in standing up to multinational corporations.
With both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit underway at the UN, far more important than official declarations will be who is allowed to speak and to be heard. Whose voice matters in this clash of worldviews.
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