Feminist movement-building

Mahatma Gandhi used to say, “What is obtained with violence can only be maintained with violence”. It is with violence that the power elite successfully kidnapped democracy in our country. As much as they have wanted to disguise the truth by repeatedly lying in order to convince us that “national reconciliation” is underway, we are aware that this dictatorship that began with a coup d’état continues to destroy our lives and condemn many of us to death.
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How do you work in diverse locations and political contexts, with a diversity of marginalized women around different issues and interests? Informative piece by JASS Board Co-Chair, Srilatha Batliwala situates JASS' work within the "meshworks" framework by Arturo Escobar.
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On September 20, 2013 The Elliot School of George Washington University held a panel discussion on the concept of "Disruption" and what that means in the context of women's movements, past and present in the shift to move beyond gender mainstreaming. JASS Director Lisa VeneKlasen and Board co-Chair Srilatha Batliwala were invited to speak alongside Aruna Rao and Joanne Sandler from Gender at Work and Alivelu Ramisetty, Gender Advisor for Oxfam America. Listen to the audio of the event! 
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"I want to learn more on how to build a movement across the region as a young woman activist.”
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Check out JASS' 2012 Annual Report! We hope the stories in this report do justice to the profound yet immeasurable work of JASS’ community. 
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The work of women human rights defenders is essential to achieving democracy and peace, especially in violent contexts, and supporting their protection and wellbeing is vital. In Mexico and Central America, women defenders are organizing themselves amidst alarming violence against women and activists.
"There is no revolution without the other 51%: lessons from feminist movements about how change happens." In this edition, HIVOS and JASS team up to feature women's civic activism.
As the next election cycle approaches in Zimbabwe, formulating joint strategies to deal with an established pattern of political violence against women activists while ensuring their safety, security and wellbeing is vital.
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Young women activists of FAMM-Indonesia stood side by side, wrists roped together, mouths taped, to express their vehement opposition to the proposed Ormas Bill, which obliges organizations to “uphold morality and ethics and nurture the country’s religious and cultural norms.”
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In a context where conservative culture, social disparities and economic struggles exacerbate violence against women, fracture communities and serve to entrench the inequalities that oppress women daily, a group of community-based activists are coming together to compose a different narrative.
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