Economic justice

Last week, in the typical last-minute dash to finalize an excruciatingly detailed, mammoth end-of-grant report for the last 3.5 years, my task was to “churn” a response to this zinger of a donor question: "What are the main (remaining) gaps for achieving gender equality in your working area?" You’ve got to be kidding, right? And while I’m at it, I’ll explain why poverty hasn’t been solved.
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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.”
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It’s not an individualist but a collective feminism that we need, one that measures success not by how high a woman can climb, but by the condition in which most women remain, says Shereen Essof
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For many people around the world, economic policy is shrouded in the mystique of “expertise” that tends to obscure the politics behind the economics and prevents citizens from participating fully and openly in economic policy making.There is therefore an urgent need to shift decision making power to the larger public especially women.
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Worldwide, soaring food prices, mounting unemployment, Wall Street scandals, and countries on the brink of financial default have given rise to protests that have brought down entire governments. Citizens everywhere are mobilizing to demand accountability for the global financial crisis. As media and opinion leaders race to make sense of these burgeoning political movements, they are hardly a new phenomenon.
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Women involved in JASS’ movement-building everywhere are connecting with and buzzing about the US-driven Occupy Movements. Inspired by and learning lessons from the tactics and strategies the organizers are using, JASS nevertheless looks for the voices and inequality agendas of women in all their diversity.
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When opposing political interests are using the same terms and tactics in diametrically opposed agendas, Lisa Veneklasen asks how we can transform the power of citizen action into sustained change for justice and equality. Article featured by OpenDemocracy. 
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Who wins over both feminist activists and the World Bank and Japanese government? The answer is PEKKA, JASS’ Indonesian partner, a network of women headed households. Nani Zulminarni, JASS Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator and founding director of PEKKA, was in Washington, DC with her colleague Petronella Peniloli, PEKKA leader and Village Chief, on January 19th for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF). Selected after a thorough assessment by Bank experts, PEKKA was chosen as the number one best project funded by the JSDF.
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JASS activists from across Southeast Asia came together at a regional meeting in November to chart a powerful strategic direction for JASS SEA that combines economic (needs) and political (rights) organizing efforts. JASS SEA will be building on the work of our partners PESADA and PEKKA, which have developed innovative strategies for organizing economic cooperatives that thrive and build women's capacity to promote rights and democracy in their communities.
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Stories of female heads are rare. Many of them have little or no knowledge of their rights and often on then losing end on issues like divorce or physical abuse. Yet, they survive, determined to their children the chance of a better life than theirs. Tempo English Edition reports on how single women parents cope in West Nusa, Tenggara, East Flores & West Kalimantan.

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