Feminist movement-building

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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Our lives are written on our bodies. Sisters!
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In general, JASS sees our role as contributing to change; we don’t claim to cause it. But in certain moments, someone’s life can be transformed bya timely intervention. And that seems to be the case for Yasinta, a young activist from Timor Leste.
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“The young Timorese women in JASS are taking up this rare strategic opportunity to influence nation-building and their new government,” says Nani Zulminarni JASS Southeast Asia’s co-director. The Timorese were deeply divided over independence and resulting tensions are affecting nascent women’s movements.
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  JASS’ third annual crossregional gathering assembled 27 close allies, board members and staff from 17 countries for a learning and visioning process about feminist movement-building from local to global levels. At a pivotal moment in JASS’ young life, as we take our training, organizing, action, advocacy, and knowledge to a new level, we paused to draw lessons on the impact of our approach thus far, seeking specifically:
Villa Sahara of Indonesia manages the implementation of the Women’s Legal Empowerment (WLE) program at the village level, connecting them with central level justice institutions, enabling active community participation throughout the development process. Involved in JASS since June 2008, she wants to learn how feminist movements can be integrated into economic, social and political systems and strategies.
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JASS Southeast Asia is facilitating the creation of multigenerational women’s movements by bringing together young women across JASS with older, more established feminists. In one such movement building institute in Bogor, Indonesia, young women from 22 provinces across the country analyzed power from the personal to the national, tracked the history of women's organizing, and framed an agenda for making change.
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Here we are in Panama -- 33 women from Mexico, Central America and the US sharing and deepening our understanding of power and patriarchy with all the passion and creativity that our collective energy and experience generate! Our location -- right beside the Panama Canal – adds an historic and political element to our workshop. For almost an entire century, the canal represented the imperial power of the US in Latin America. The long struggle of the Panamanians to gain control of the Canal was finally achieved in 1999.
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We are almost there, making shape out of the confusion, enduring the pain, but loving each other as sisters, as we build and undo and rebuild, and we start seeing the shape of our Southern African Movement.
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