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I was looking forward to a restful Easter, when on the eve of Good Friday I went into a meeting where I thought I would be in a safe space. This was a feedback meeting from those who had attended the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The UN CSW was held in February 2009 in New York, and a number of Zimbabwean organisations who are seen as the leaders in advocating around gender equality, women’s rights, and anti-stigma and discrimination of vulnerable or marginalised communities.
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By Kamilia Manaf, Institut Pelangi Perempuan (Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center)
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By Kamilia ManafInstitut Pelangi Perempuan (Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center)
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By Keba, South Africa A session that was supposed to be about experiences of hate crimes, and remembering people we have lost at the hand of homophobia ended up into something else. The session started so well, we had panelists who did presentations and expressions from different organisations, but same people that we always see in these meetings and panels. I loved what Chan from Zambia, if not mistaken said, who he identifies as a transmen. He feels that there is no unity within the feminist movement. A lot of people identified with her.
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The International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, August 3-8, 2008 provided an important opportunity for JASS activists to understand, face-to-face, the politics and actors dominating global decision-making on HIV/AIDS and to make their voices heard at this important international gathering. The JASS delegation was comprised of seven Southern African activists, five Mesoamerican activists – including two journalists from JASS’ strategic partner, Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) based in Costa Rica – and three members of the JASS crossregional team.
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By Ana Luisa
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Organizing in Zimbabwe has been difficult, even dangerous, for some years. Lesbian activism confronts particular obstacles, notes Patience Mandishona of GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe): the president's open homophobia and the challenges of mobilizing Southern African women, even feminists, around issues such as hate crimes against lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). Read an interview with Patience and Martha Tholanah on GALZ’ innovative action and its intersection with JASS movement-building.
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Organizing in Zimbabwe has been challenging, even dangerous, for some years. As the country’s economic crisis has deepened – with measurable inflation reaching 79,600,000,000% monthly and 98% daily in November 2008 – activists have had to pit themselves against repressive laws and actions such as Operation Murambatsvina, a wave of brutal urban clearance, beginning in 2005 and repeated since, that has affected an estimated 2.4 million Zimbabweans.
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