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Organizing is a long-term, often slow process requiring lots of patience. So when an event happens that feels like a giant leap forward for a small part of womankind---it’s very exciting. It also affirms the big payoff of sustained investment in dialogue, reflection, training, and group building. That’s how we at JASS feel about the launch of a new young women’s organization—Generation Alive!—that has emerged from our work there.
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Movement building in Rumphi, Tiwonge Gondwe’s village (Tiwonge has been part of JASS movement building in Southern Africa from 2007)
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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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The opening addresses of the Asia Pacific NGO Forum Beijing +15 emphasized the background of the conference and set the tone for the rest of the forum. The speakers recalled the previous AP NGO forum and the Nairobi forum, which contributed to the Beijing Declaration.
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In general, JASS sees our role as contributing to change; we don’t claim to cause it. But in certain moments, someone’s life can be transformed bya timely intervention. And that seems to be the case for Yasinta, a young activist from Timor Leste.
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“The young Timorese women in JASS are taking up this rare strategic opportunity to influence nation-building and their new government,” says Nani Zulminarni JASS Southeast Asia’s co-director. The Timorese were deeply divided over independence and resulting tensions are affecting nascent women’s movements.
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A group of young women from Indonesia and Timor Leste were invited to the first JASS movement-building institute in Southeast Asia (in Bogor, Indonesia, June 2007). Here, they shared a common language – Indonesian – and a common commitment to social justice, but also the complicated history of their two countries, as colonized and colonizer.
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It has been an intense couple of days since we arrived in Honduras on Sunday. When I catch the words “I’m tired” coming out of my mouth I stop myself because standing next to my feminist sisters from Honduras, I have nothing to complain about. These women have been marching every day, EVERY day, rain or shine, military or no military, sometimes with bruises from the march the day before.
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As I look forward to the opening of the AWID forum , I am quite excited about the work that the young feminist have planned for the conference.It pleases me to know that space has been opened up for young feminists within the forum and I hope their visibility will make an impact. One of the young feminists today said, "If you want to go fast, walk alone but if you want to go far, walk with others."
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