Power analysis

Although originally created in order to develop a common language, and history within the JASS community, we quickly realized the dictionary's potential as a vehicle for the political act of defining our world based on a distinct feminist perspective - one that recognizes how distortions in social, economic, and political power form the basis of inequality and justice.
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The challenge to platforms for gender equality comes not just from actors with fundamentalist agendas, but from a conjuncture where women’s rights have been opportunistically instrumentalized to serve geopolitical goals, and neo-liberal policies have severed social justice from gender equality concerns
JASS SEA Regional Workshop  In Phnom Penh, Cambodia - June 22-24, 2012 - JASS Southeast Asia's "landing the helicopter" workshop pondered how to deepen, understand and respond to power as 26 women from six Southeast Asian countries gathered to share stories and ideas on how to strengthen women's activism and JASS' role in the region.
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Sexual and reproductive health rights are key issues for young women in Zambia. This year the constitution-making process provides a critical opportunity to put the debate on women’s bodies and choices around sexuality and abortion front and centre. In a context of staunch conservatism articulated by religious and traditional beliefs, there has been little progress on entrenching these rights. “Women in desperate circumstances will continue to seek backyard abortions and use herbs to attempt termination,” says JASS partner and Youth Vision Zambia Executive Director, Amos Mwale. "Meanwhile as we continue to debate, a lot of women continue to die from unsafe abortions in the townships, or from accessing the services of quacks."
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Writer, feminist researcher, and market organiser, Dudziro Nhengu (Zimbabwe), interviewed Malawian activist, Tiwonge Gondwe in Istanbul, Turkey (April, 2012).
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This article uses Hilkka Pietilä’s reconceptualization of the economy as three spheres of production (free, protected and fettered) to illuminate the new ways in which neo-liberal globalization is intensifying exploitative capitalist processes. The study focuses on the particular vulnerabilities of women, the value of their unpaid work, and the transformative significance of their resistance.
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Self-care and wellbeing have made a welcome comeback in feminist politics. They have been around for decades, but drifted out of focus and out of favor around the early 1990s as the dominant trends in women’s rights work took other turns. In some respects, the focus on policy and legal rights advocacy, important as that has been and continues to be for fighting inequality and advancing women’s rights, also came along with an unhelpful disconnect and hierarchy between needs and rights.
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The JASS Cross Regional Dialogue (CRD) opened its doors to three days of critical thinking and mobilizing on charting a collective roadmap for attaining women’s rights and justice. Drawing 48 feminist activists from Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Mesoamerica together for a rich and radical exchange of ideas and feminist strategies—all of this set against the backdrop of a world held firmly in the grip of patriarchy, increasing human rights violations, political crises and serious economic meltdowns.
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In the beginning of the so called 21st Century, of one of the least civilized planets of the universe, the economic, political, symbolic, social and military power was in the hands of a few sick men who suffered from such a severe misogyny that they had come to despise life itself. The illness had appeared some five or six thousand years earlier, when the male humans discovered that they had something to do with the reproduction of their species.
Alquimia, JASS Mesoamerica’s learning and education initiative, integrates leadership training and knowledge generation to create a dynamic fusion of key program elements designed to strengthen feminist movement building in the region.
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