Economic justice

“We have waited long enough.” So begins an important letter to the new President of the Philippines signed by 22 partner organizations and several prominent women’s rights activists as part of an organizing effort facilitated by JASS Philippines with the Center for Women’s Resources and the Women’s Legal Bureau. This letter illustrates the tremendous organizing power of JASS in the region.
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JASS Board Member, Maria Victoria Raquiza, of the La Liga Policy Institute in the Philippines delivered these remarks to the High Level Plenary Meeting of the recent UN General Assembly on the Millenium Development Goals’ Roundtable on “Poverty, Hunger and Gender Equality.” The following are excerpts from her statement.  
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JASS proudly celebrates Nani Zulminarni, Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator, whose ground-breaking work with Indonesian women has won her the prestigious Saparinah Sadli Award, created and named for a pioneering feminist scholar and activist, which honors women leaders for their significant contributions to women’s advancement.
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JASS joined regional and international human rights allies in solidarity with the teachers’ union movements of Honduras whose members were attacked by Honduran military and police forces in Tegucigalpa, August 27 – 8.
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In 2010, many of us across the JASS community are thinking about how to define and promote economic democracy as a critical element of our gender justice efforts, and any equality effort for that matter. So I was very excited to read the"6 foundational ideas for a progressive economic agenda" by Deepak Bhargava, an influential, inspiring social justice leader/thinker in the US who heads a large organization - Center for Community Change -- dedicated to grassroots organizing, a bit like JASS, but focused on the USA. While definitely a US perspective, it's recommended reading.
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Eva Susanti, an activist trained and supported by JASS Southeast Asia, is being held by police in Indonesia. Susanti’s colleagues at JASS SEA have launched a letter writing campaign, calling on Indonesian authorities to release her. Along with local farmers and their families, Susanti was speaking out against the environmental destruction wrecked by the palm oil industry.
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The worst earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti on January 12, causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere's poorest country. The quake struck near the capital Port-au-Prince, the most densely populated part of Haiti.
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This needs assessment is part of the JASS-Southern Africa Movement Building Initiative (MBI). The initiative is implemented in the African context where the combination of increasing poverty, failed states, corruption and in particular HIV and AIDS have had a particular impact on the lives of women.
The Dominican women’s rights organizations Centro de Investigación para la Acción Feminina (Women’s Action Research Center) and Colectiva Mujer y Salud (Women’s Health Collective), in partnership with the Radio Feminista and advocates from across Latin America and the Caribbean,
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JASS’ Malawi Movement Building Initiative – Amayi Tadzuka! Women Awake! –launched in February 2009 with three workshops in Lilongwe, Mzuzu, and Blantyre. Then, at the end of 2009, a national workshop consolidated the transformative process with district-level leaders from February, together with their national-level coordinators.

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