Power analysis

This case study shares the experiences and perceptions of HIV positive women in Malawi who have organized to change how they view themselves, how they are treated and how to demand their right to decent health care.
I will never forget the day I decided to cut my hair. I remember taking my walk of courage to the beauty salon seven years ago. I walked in and the lady who usually braided my hair stood in shock when I said “Cut it all off, please!” It took months of deliberation to declare this statement. It was one of the most difficult but liberating decisions I had ever made for myself. I had spent too much time trying to achieve or maintain what I have to define as, ‘beauty markers’. I had had enough!
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"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.
When Manohara and her fellow activists came together to form the Women’s Equality Association (WEA) in 2012, they thought, “Maybe we should form a women’s shelter where we will do real work.” In the beginning, the foremost question that they had in mind was, “What are we going to do that is different from others?”
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“When a woman goes to a police station to report domestic violence in Malaysia, the police ask questions such as ‘how many children do you have?’ or ‘do you love your husband?’ Then she is told to go back home,” says Manohara Subramaniam of JASS Southeast Asia. This situation is so familiar. It happens in Malaysia, in all countries of Southeast Asia and in many places across the globe.
As an avid fan of the TV show, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I couldn’t help but take interest in its latest episode which was receiving a lot of outrage over its portrayal of a fictional celebrity couple that mimicked real life couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown’s violent relationship.
From February 15-20, JASS’ Board and Regional Directors gathered for a series of meetings in Washington DC to develop a vision, plan and agenda for what JASS will become by 2020. This time was filled with exciting events including a panel discussion on the political empowerment of women at George Washington University as well as a fun dinner party with the Crossregional team.
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Flow chart of elements of a trade union strategy.
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Access to and control over resources is about power. Today, the ferocious scramble to control and exploit resources—from land and forests to technology and human DNA—is a scramble for power. This session will explore women’s access and control of resources from a feminist movement-builder’s perspective.
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There’s energy in the air—here in Malawi. It crackles and shimmers, builds and builds, until it feels as though we are riding on a tidal wave of collective power, of women who have come from every corner of the country ready to raise their voices and make change happen.
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