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The Paths of Justice for Berta
By Laura Zúniga Cáceres On March 2, 2016, the world suffered the murder of land defender Berta Cáceres. From that moment, those of us who took on the fight for justice pointed out that this…
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Happy JASS Day!
It’s October 18th and in Santa Fe, that means it’s JASS Day!   Five years ago many wonderful Santa Feans joined my mother, Marg, to organize the first JASS gathering, an important step towards building…
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Safe Spaces Across Contexts: Comparing Southern Africa and Corporate America
Written by Veronica Espaillat Gender inequality manifests around the world in vastly different forms because of distinct underlying roots and causes. Take for example the case of the United States versus the Southern African region.…
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African Women Stand up to Big Coal
JASS Southern Africa (JASS SNA) sat down with two activists who are saying “No!” to Big Coal: Nomonde Nkosi, a young feminist activist from rural Mpumalanga, South Africa and Betty Abah a poet-environmentalist from Nigeria.…
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Authentic Movements need Authentic Efforts
In recent weeks, much global activism has focused on action towards justice for the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April this year. Under the broad banner of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’,…
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A Walk Down Vilakazi Street
The winter sun bathes the gently curving road, the street, the people, the commuters and the face-brick houses.  In that instant, the narrow road we have been walking upon suddenly appears welcoming and prosperous. However,…
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Fanning the Flames of Feminist Activism in Zambia
Sometimes you just don’t know where things will end up. In 2009, JASS held a series of movement building institutes (MBIs) in Southern Africa that were attended by feminist activists in the region. These institutes…
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What’s in a Partnership?
“You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child. Well it takes many people to build a movement.” At least that’s what we re-discovered over the three days JASS Southern Africa…
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Malawi: 10 things we would write about if we had the time
After a whirlwind of activity over roughly 14 days, we leave Malawi bone-tired but also excited about the depth and breadth of JASS’ work, our partnerships with MANERELA+ and women leaders from a wide spectrum…
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The Personal is political: Inside out with Malawian feminist Tiwonge Gondwe
Writer, feminist researcher, and market organiser, Dudziro Nhengu (Zimbabwe), interviewed Malawian activist, Tiwonge Gondwe in Istanbul, Turkey (April, 2012). Tiwonge, please tell me about your relationship with JASS? I knew JASS in 2008 in Cape…
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My experience at the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) in Indonesia
It was a great opportunity to be part of an Asia Pacific level conference that is so reputable, particularly for my personal development. The experience allowed me to gain new knowledge and was a moment…
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Building Pathways and Movements: Feminist Tech Exchange
A statement by Feminist Tech Exchange participantsJohannesburg, South Africa – 20th July 2011 From the 18th to the 20th July 2011, the first Southern African Regional Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) was hosted in Johannesburg, South…
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Heart-Mind-Body: Creating Organizations with a Soul
The Heart-Mind-Body workshop, held at Chengeta Lodge just outside Harare (April 9 – 10), brought together 26 women, each with diverse experiences, perspectives and survival strategies, all united by a common concern: sustaining the work…
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JASS SEA: Strengthening Solidarity and Sisterhood
JASS SEA women from Cambodia, East Timor, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia are in Bandung, Indonesia for a regional political planning focused on strengthening and amplifying the alternative agendas produced by grassroots organizing and young feminist…
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The Voice of Indigenous and Rural Women
Last week JASS Mesoamerica and Sinergia No’j hosted over two dozen indigenous, rural women from all over Central America and Mexico for a communications training in Guatemala City. The training focused on the right to…
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A New Global Partnership
JASS Board Member, Maria Victoria Raquiza, of the La Liga Policy Institute in the Philippines delivered these remarks to the High Level Plenary Meeting of the recent UN General Assembly on the Millenium Development Goals’…
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Photos from the US Social Forum
  JASS’ Maggie Mapondera in action – and some eye-catching images and slogans at the Social Forum. Thanks, Nani, for the photos!
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JASS at the US Social Forum
We’re in Detroit where more than 8000 grassroots and union organizers and activists of all stripes are debating, performing, strategizing. It’s an awesome multigenerational, multiracial, multi-everything mix with great vibes, smart politics and incredible T-shirts.…
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Fighting for gender justice: Campaigning to end rape in war
“It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflict.” – Major-General Patrick Cammaert, former commander of UN peacekeeping forces in the eastern Congo Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray reflects on the recent International…
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Prioritize Aid to Women in Haiti: Open Letter to the Heads of State and to the United Nations
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. Estimates of the death toll currently exceed 200,000, and approximately one million Haitians have been displaced from their homes. As a result of the gender…
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Reflections on the Asia-Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing+15
by Mikas Matsuzawa Recently, I attended the Beijing+15 Asia Pacific NGO Forum held at the Miriam College here in the Philippines. It was my first time to participate in such an event, and my first…
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Mobilizing against Homophobic Legislation in Uganda
Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill is generating outrage among African human rights advocates. A strong argument comes from Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe, Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika and author of a chapter in JASS’ collection Women…
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Generational dynamics and debates at Beijing +15 Asia Pacific
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…
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Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1997) Visits Atenco
Furthering our solidarity with the people of Atenco over the past two years, JASS, the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and Mexican allies brought Laureate Jody Williams to San Salvador Atenco on September 8 to support women…
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International Delegation Amplifies Honduran Women’s Voices
Press Release TEGUCIGALPA – JASS (Just Associates) announced that an international delegation arrived in Honduras Monday for a week-long women’s rights watch. The delegation is conducting a local and virtual Observatorio (Feminist Transformation Watch) from…
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Virtual March Tomorrow!
Wednesday July 22, 2009, Special FIRE coverage of the protests in Washington in solidarity with the people of Honduras defending their human rights and institutionality A virtual march at FIRE will accompany the Washington protests…
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Rally in front of the White House
Call to Action This Wednesday at 10:00 am, JASS, CODE PINK, Women of Color United, Las Petateras, Feminist International Radio Endeavor, and Foreign Policy in Focus, will hold a RALLY in front of the WHITE HOUSE in solidarity…
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We are all the Women of Honduras
JASS and our Mesoamerican allies Las Petateras express our solidarity with all the feminist organizations and social movements of Honduras in condemning and repudiating the coup against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. The coup, led…
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JASS’ Role at the NWI’s “Women Redefining Democracy” Conference
JASS was thrilled to play a significant role in conceptualizing, planning, and facilitating the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s international conference entitled Women Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice and Equality that was held in Antigua, Guatemala from…
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Declaration of the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference
Declaration of the Nobel Women’s Initiative ConferenceonWomen Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice and EqualityAntigua, GuatemalaMay 10-12, 2009   [The declaration was drafted by JASS board members: Malena de Montis and Srilatha Batliwala with input from…
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End of Day Two of Nobel Women Conference
Video of Jody Williams Closes Day Two  
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End of Day One of Nobel Women Conference
Video of End of Day One Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire closes day one of the international conference “Women Redefining Democracy.” Participants reflect on the full day of learning and knowledge, and proceed to a lively…
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Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum Opens Conference on Redefining Democracy
Rigoberta Menchú Tum welcomed participants to the second international conference of the Nobel Women’s Initiative in Antigua, Guatemala on May 10th. She introduced the Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala, who welcomed the women…
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JASS at the Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference: Women Redefining Democracy
Video of Getting Ready for the Conference JASS, along with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation, are convening an international conference, “Women Redefining Democracy” from May 10-12th in Antigua, Guatemala. Follow…
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Las Petateras at the Feminist Forum in Mexico City
  JASS and Las Petateras are participating actively in the 11th Feminist Forum in Mexico City. The 6th Feminist Transformation Watch began with Radio Petatera, a radio program broadcast on Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE).…
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Connections Across Continents
INDVOLU: A Phoenix Rising from the Ashes Experiences that connect us across continents can take unexpected turns. A community group from South Africa and a theatre troupe from Central America came together this November creating…
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