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Women Crossing the Line

Check out this original spoken word written by Emery Bright, part of our close-knit JASS extended family. Lisa VeneKlasen, JASS Executive Director, explains the song was "partly inspired by an activist we lost (Berta Caceres) and partly by our troubling elections."


JASS Mesoamerica

Throughout the world, many feminists and other women activists working for social justice or gender equality are reluctant to recognize themselves as human rights defenders either because they believe their work goes beyond the human rights framework; because they feel that by naming themselves as such, their political identity as feminists becomes blurred; because they think that the term is too focussed on the law or too dangerous in their particular contexts; because they fear retaliations

JASS Southern Africa

The headlines are in. The latest reinstatement and expansion of the Global Gag Rule by President Donald Trump has far-reaching impacts, especially for women in the Global South. For many activists and JASS allies, these headlines miss two questions—whose interests does this policy serve and how are women organizing in response?

JASS Southeast Asia

Thousands of Southeast Asian women and men will join together in solidarity with women human rights defenders at risk during JASS Southeast Asia’s regional One Day, One Voice Campaign, which coincides with the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women.

JASS Crossregional

UN Working Group & JASS invite you to the Geneva event on May 17, 2017 to learn from the strategies and challenges of women defenders networks from around the world, and how these same networks combat gender discrimination to ensure an environment of protection and equality all women.

Blog Entries

Indonesian feminist activist Maria Mustika led a life of selflessness. This tribute article about her gives us a glimpse of how Maria touched the lives of many people.


A compilation of work from the first movement building workshop in 2009, this publication features Filipino women activists, feminists and other writers. Together, they share the history, challenges, diversity and dynamism of women's movement building in the Philippines
This paper articulates a vision for a more feminist UN and recommends both transformative and practical steps that can be taken by a number of actors, including the next Secretary-General, to achieve it. The principles and recommendations outlined here have been offered by leading, feminist thinkers in civil society, philanthropy, academia, as well as current and former UN staff.


Young Indonesian Activists Organize to Defend Democratic Freedomes • Women Activist Strategize against Backlash in Zimbabwe • Admist Violence, Women Organize for Protection