Feminist movement-building

Sometimes you just don’t know where things will end up. In 2009, JASS held a series of movement building institutes (MBIs) in Southern Africa that were attended by feminist activists in the region. These institutes catalysed energy and intent in different ways. The young women from Zambia who participated in the MBIs returned to their homes determined to ensure that their societies and communities transform. As Wala Nalungwe says, “The flame that was lit at the MBIs it would not end there. We did not want that.
The Philippines has a strong nationalist movement and I grew up in this context.  Movements and movement building are not novel concepts for me.  The Filipino counterpart of movement is kilusan; I learned this word at about the same time I learned how to count and to read.
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As we end 2020, we continue to face uncertainty. Yet, we are presented with many moments of possibility. The communities and movements we accompany are organizing and building collective power, while showing us visions and solutions for a different future.
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SOUTHEAST ASIA -- Today marks the final day of JASS Southeast Asia’s One Day, One Voice (ODOV) yearly campaign, which serves to amplify and unite the organizing initiatives of women across Southeast Asia, using the opportunity of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. 
Thousands of women from Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor-Leste will spotlighted the theme, “People are the Solution!” through street protests, photo exhibits, murals, and more!
In early November, Hurricane Eta slammed into Central America. Honduras and Guatemala were hard hit, with heavy rains, flooding, landslides, electrical storms and high winds. In Honduras, an estimated 2.6 million people are affected, and some 700,000 Guatemalans. Close to 100,000 Hondurans are displaced, with massive damage to homes and infrastructure. Nearly a hundred people are known to be dead or missing in Honduras and 46 killed and 96 reported missing in Guatemala, according to the Foreign Ministry.
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A feminist Response to Crisis As crises become a new normal, we are being pushed to think beyond our usual responses. Practical needs have become strategic needs that fuel both survival and organizing. If you don’t have food or water, you can’t organize. Community-based groups on the frontlines need a mechanism to respond immediately.
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After two terms as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst left the post April 30. Women defenders reflect on gains, challenges, and what lies ahead.
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The JASS community gathered in Mexico City in February. Read all the exciting insights and reflections.
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