Feminist movement-building

After a whirlwind of activity over roughly 14 days, we leave Malawi bone-tired but also excited about the depth and breadth of JASS' work, our partnerships with MANERELA+ and women leaders from a wide spectrum of organisations and networks, and more.
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Video images of feminists from Indonesia and Timor L'este joining together for a workshop to strengthen and diversify the leadership of women's movements through intergenerational political education, skills-building activities and trans-border learning. Later in 2008, JASS convened a larger regional institute for women of all ages working to address the combined challenges of poverty, labor exploitation, migration and trafficking facing women.
Young women activists are posting their comments on the "freedom wall" during  a protest action in Manila. The women’s movement in the Philippines, along with social movements that have been actively campaigning to repeal the new anti-cybercrime law, has moved one step forward as just a few hours after the Black Tuesday protest last October 9, Supreme Court justices, in an en banc session, unanimously decided to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the law. When women unite against injustice, government has no other option but to concede.
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The dusty roads twist and turn. The setting sun signals the end of another day. The roads are chock full of mini busses ferrying weary workers home, street side sellers with tomatoes, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, dried fish, bananas, all wares for evening meals.
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A brochure highlighting the urgent need to protect women human rights defenders from the violence perpetrated against them because of their gender and work.
JASS’ Rebuilding Feminist Movements Initiative is designed to rebuild, re-energize and retool women’s movements through leadership training and political education; coordinated advocacy actions; knowledge creation (research, documentation, curriculum development, assessments); and popular communications activities.This initiative is:
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Networks are a fact of life in women’s rights advocacy work and social change activism. They offer vital linkages, alliances and communication, without which we are unable to tap and wield the extraordinary power of our numbers and diversity to advance our agendas and voices. But, our differences – as people, as leaders and as organizations – can be as powerful as our common interests. How can we understand and negotiate differences to build and consolidate the coordination we need for clout, credibility and size?
Musasa-JASS Wellbeing Circle in Zimbabwe. What makes a “bad woman”? Does she laugh too loudly or speak out of turn, drink too hard or dance all the time, have too much sex or no sex at all or have the “wrong” kind of sex? Does she cry when she’s sad and break things when she’s angry? Does she wear an impossibly bright smile and laugh so the whole room can hear?

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