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On February 14, 2013, people around the world celebrated One Billion Rising Campaign to End Violence Against Women. Given that One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, this campaign encouraged women and men to stand up against violence. It encouraged everyone to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP AND DEMAND an end to this violence. Watch women and men in Indonesia, Cambodia & the Philippines RISE!
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Launching 2013 on an exciting note, JASS’ Executive Director, Lisa VeneKlasen, will travel to Liberia from January 19 – 24 as part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative's (NWI) 18-women delegation: “Women Forging Peace." Led by Liberian activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, and sister Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, the delegation will meet with the grassroots women leaders from acorss the country, some of who have been the driving force behind the peace and reconciliation movement following years of brutal civil war.
“When you are talking with women, sometimes there is difficulty in language.  I come from West Java which has a different language from West and South Sumatra.  Most of the people from South Sumatra cannot understand the Bahasa language easily as they have a different provincial dialect,” reveals Oemi Faezathi, community organizer of PEKKA.   This is where media tools come in.  
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Paper written by Lisa VeneKlasen for AWID's Gender Justice & Globalization Strategy Meeting.
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“Challenging patriarchy does not necessarily mean getting into positions of power,” explains Amporn Boontan, Thailand’s regional coordinating group (RCG) representative for JASS Southeast Asia, after having been recently elected as a Sub-district Committee Leader of the Women's Empowerment Fund. “I can use this role to start something. Women are actually waiting for action,” explains Amporn.
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Synthesis report of the fact-finding mission held in Guatemala initatied by the Petateras of Guatemala, in coordination with Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) and JASS (Just Associates).
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"Sometimes it can be intentional. They do it for fun and then the girl alleges that it’s rape. Cases of teenage rape are sometimes the victims’ fault."   - Minister Mendikbud Nuh, Indonesia’s Education Minister
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There is no need for a women’s rights movement in Malaysia.
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This presentation is from Women’s Organizing for Economic Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia, a breakout session at the AWID 2012 Internation Forum on Women's Rights and Development. Around the world, access to cash and credit through microfinancing programs is touted as a magic bullet for eradicating women’s poverty. Yet, there is limited evidence that these strategies alone fundamentally alter the power relationships that drive women’s poverty in the first place.
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Released in August 2007, this collection of stories about how women navigate, resist, and transform power is the product of a unique write shop process organized by Just Associates for ActionAid International, engaging long-time women's rights activists in reflection, creative writing and sharing stories. While there is much to celebrate in terms of the work activist have done and gains for women’s rights, there are still difficult realities and challenges that must be addressed.

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