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8:00 a.m Zimbabwe time.
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In April 2011, JASS Southern Africa and Musasa Project launched the Heart-Mind-Body initiative in Zimbabwe, gathering 26 women activists, each with diverse experiences and perspectives, united by a common anxiety: how to sustain themselves and their work in challenging and often violent environments. Putting self-care at the center of sustained women’s organizing, the circle was a space for reflection, relaxation, and dialogue. Over two days, women shared experiences of insecurity, trauma and violence and exchanged survival strategies.
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My body used to be a strange thing. It's a fragile yet a sacred monument full of myth, which I found out later is not the truth. In some cases the myth serve as the extention of patriarchy, another strange word in my ear. I was introduced to term patriarchal and patriarchy in my sociology class in high school. I was very happy to find the name to point at the reality I experience. But it was only one part. I was looking for another name to provide me with words to explain my experience.
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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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Marisela Escobedo Ortiz was murdered on December 16, 2010 on the steps of the Chihuahua State Government Palace. She was demanding justice for her own daughter, Rubi Marisol Frayre, murdered in Ciudad Juarez.  Frayre’s killer was released by authorities despite confessing to the crime and leading investigators to her burned remains in a city dump.
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In time for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Hope Chigudu shares lessons learned from our sisters - activists, sex workers, feminists in Uganda...
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JASS works to develop and galvanize women activists and their movements to change powerful institutions, policies and beliefs. Inspired by a feminist vision of justice, we help build new forms and practices of power that contribute to more egalitarian and democratic societies and a healthier planet.
A participatory contextual analysis produced by 22 women activists, researchers, academics and practitioners at a two-day Thinkshop organized by JASS Southern Africa.
When I think of JASS, the first thing that comes to mind is jazz music. Travis Jackson describes jazz music as “swinging, improvising, group interaction, developing an ‘individual voice’ and being ‘open’ to different musical possibilities.” JASS, as an organization and a community, celebrates innovation and improvisation.
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