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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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“Are writers born or made?” The young women activists of Indonesia have long resolved this classic Jack Kerouac question. The JASS-inspired organization Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda – Indonesia (FAMM-Indonesia) or Young Indonesian Women Activists’ Forum (erstwhile JASS-Indonesia) has been holding write-shops (or writing workshops) to develop the writing skills of its members, composed mostly of young grassroots women leaders. 
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“Our lives are not dependent on our governments. Many governments actually fail to do their duty. They just leave the women and the people to struggle alone,” says Dina Lumbantobing of JASS Southeast Asia.  In a bid to address the continuing exclusion of civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements from government processes, hundreds of activists and grassroots leaders joined the Global Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum on the Post‐2015 Development Agenda held last March 23-24, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.
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A case study featuring our Indonesian partner, PEKKA, and their grassroots feminist strategies for counteracting social exclusion with women's collective power.
This week, 20 years after the United Nations adopted the Resolution on Human Rights Defenders and 5 years after the Resolution on Women Human Rights Defenders, 32 women activists and human rights defenders gather to mark the anniversary. From indigenous leaders protecting their land to women of color organizing for racial justice, these activists – bold defensoras from 18 different countries – bring deep knowledge of the struggle for justice and their own experiences crea
After the unprecedented mobilizations which led to the overthrow of a corrupt president and vice-president, Guatemala now faces a challenge shared by democracies around the world.
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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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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.
Woman activist leader and feminist, Tiwonge Gondwe recounts her fight for dignity and justice in the struggle for better ARVs in Malawi. Tiwonge is one of the thousands of HIV+ women activists that JASS has been training, supporting and accompanying in the fight for decent health care resources since 2007.
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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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