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“How are women expected to negotiate safer sex if they are refused the power to negotiate the very act of sex?” asks JASS Regional Coordinator, Shereen Essof as JASS Southern Africa's partner, MANERELA+, presented a key paper that underlines the correlation between the legal impunity of marital rape and the high prevalence of HIV in Malawi at the
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Over the past fifty years of development history, a series of abstract notions and concepts have entered the development lexicon and the vocabulary of activists. Many of them became widely used buzz-words and long before they were defined or deconstructed.
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JASS gathered 22 Southern African women researchers, scholars, practitioners and activists to analyze and debate movement--‐building, women’s rights and organizing.
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At the 11th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development (November 14, 2008, in Cape Town), Geeta Misra painted the landscape for ‘The Power of Movements’ by suggesting five common elements amongst movements: a feeling of injustice; an understanding of oppression as a political condition; the desire to change political conditions or to shift power; the belief in the power of many; and the presence of the powerless.
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This time we moved from the workshop rooms to the communities. We are humbly learning from the experience of the those who live on the margin, from their perspective, from their perseverance, from their assertiveness, from their desire to make something of their lives, from their love for one another and their determination to survive the ravages of HIV and AIDS. The ‘graduates’ of JASS whose projects we have visited, so far, are implementing their plans.
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A dozen young women have converged on the Protea Hotel Cairo Road in Lusaka, as JASS (Just Associates) Southern Africa continues with the process of movement-building in Zambia. This part of the process is Leadership Training: Young Women Political Facilitators Workshop.
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JASS Southern Africa continues to bridge divides and to foster feminist leadership and action to confront stigma and improve health and lives.
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The Feminist Transformation Watch (FTW) emerged from processes of feminist popular education and movement building and is designed to support the creativity and courage of women who are questioning, confronting and transforming power. A constantly evolving methodology and political action approach, the FTW was created by the Petateras2, women activists and popular educators from the Americas with long histories of working for equality and social justice.
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This JASS crossregional gathering brings together 27 close allies, board and staff from 17 countries for an exciting learning and visioning process about feminist movement-building from local to global levels.
A creative and artful presentation on the importance of theory. It reaffirms JASS' core philosophy, vision and theory of change.

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