Feminist movement-building

As the 8 women in the planning meeting go to their rooms to retire for the night , I reflect on the day's proceedings. What have we achieved, what are we going to do, where are we going? These are the questions going through my mind. Looking back and reflecting on the conversation we had during the day of the different contexts of the region. The appointment of Jacob Zuma, the GNU in Zimbabwe, the creation of COZWHA+ in Zambia , recession in the USA and the impact of the OBAMA administration on the world.
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It has been a long and intense day, emotionally draining - but in the spirit of strategizing for Southern Africa Women's Movement Building as JMBs, it was well worth it. The honesty that is not feasible in mainstream NGOs, the bonding across color, class, religion; and the "dinosaurs and chickens" working harmoniously together, arguing, disagreeing, building consensus... yes, we can! It could only happen in the middle of the most African city, where we can pretend we do not know about the monstrous traffic jams just a hundred meters away. Amandla!!
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As I end the day, I would like to share my thoughts on the process on Planning for the Southern African Region.It has been an interesting process to be involved in, its shaping and defining Jass Southern africa as an organisation. It enables us to organise thoughts and plan for actions on movement building in the region through a process of reflection about what we've done as Jass southern africa in the past six moinths and where we going in the region.
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Is it possible to build a strong transnational organization – part movement, part NGO, part network – that retains flexibility and energy, resists bureaucratization, and truly recognizes and builds on differences? That’s our goal as JASS! In December 2009, we gathered to track our journey, learn from each other and from allies’ experiences, and name the principles that underpin this work
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JASS and our Mesoamerican allies, Las Petateras, are attending the 11th Feminist Forum in Mexico City. Martha Sanchez, an indigenous leader from Mexico, carried the opening plenary with her outspoken and fiery commentary.
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Not yet Uhuru! March 8 was International Women’s Day. This is a day marked to ‘celebrate women and recognize the great role they play in the world’. Women are not just women they are mothers, lovers and caregivers too. Yet for many women this day really had no meaning, not because it’s not special but it does not fulfill any purpose in their lives. Women bear the brunt of social, political, economic woes, yet they are still treated as second-class citizens.
The JASS team held movement building workshops in three regions of Malawi. Each workshop convened 20 grassroots activists living with and working on HIV/AIDS to share experiences, support each other, discuss and dramatize power dynamics and strengthen their organizing strategies. "...Almost every woman who attends the workshops talks about the disruption of her life by HIV and AIDS but they also share stories of rebellion (crossing the line) and coming to terms with defying the cultural norms..." reflects Hope Chigudu (JASS team).
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