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Popular Demonstrations in Guatemala are a Product of Built-Up Outrage
The country was still reeling from the impact of hurricanes Eta and Iota when a new crisis hit Guatemala last week, this one the product of a history of accumulating pressure in the country. The…
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The Long Haul
Right now, my thoughts are with the long haulers and the way the personal is always political but often in surprising ways. Two weeks or so ago, I attended a meeting organised by my doctors…
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What Coronavirus Teaches Us About Inequality, Discrimination and the Importance of Caring
They say coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, that it puts us all at risk, that it dictates an equally threatening future for all humankind. But the measures that have been implemented in Central America to deal with…
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Juneteenth, June 16th, and the unfinished business of black liberation
This is an important week for reflection. Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, sits alongside June 16th , the day that saw a series of uprisings…
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A wake up call: A Conversation between Hope Chigudu and Rudo Chigudu
By Hope Chidugu (HC) and Rudo Chigudu (RC) HC: Wake up RC and service your vehicle known as your body. It is the only one you have; once it gets grounded or overloaded, it will…
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Day 2: Coming Together
Written by Laura Carlsen   Today was a day of coming together—getting to know each other, talking about how to work together in networks and alliances, and there was even an intercontinental virtual meeting with…
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Day 1: Ideas with Feet
Written by Laura Carlsen Our Power and Our Protection: Sharing Information and Knowledge on Extractivism, Antigua, Guatemala. May 21-23, 2018   After the hugs – among friends who hadn’t seen each other in ages, among…
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Women Voicing their Demands in Zimbabwe
Ahoy macomrades Ahoy. This was the call to action on June 13 as hundreds of Zimbabweans converged in the nation’s capital at the Harare Magistrates Court to support the release of Pastor Evans Mawarire who…
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The Business of Beauty & Body Politics
Marita sits on a stool at her stall in an open market just outside Harare. She is counting brightly-coloured sweets and placing them carefully into a bag. Her neighbour on the right sells packets of…
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A Week of Reflection & Learning
Surrounded by the tropical warmth and lush vegetation of Nicaragua, the breezes from Lake Managua and the gardens of Cantera refresh us. This historic popular education center created by women is our beautiful home during…
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Reflections from an “African Youth”
Where to start? … Over a week ago, I attended a dialogue—The Importance of Youth Leadership in Africa: A Discussion with Young African Leaders, hosted by Congresswoman Karen Bass. Catchy title, but I wish I…
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The Story behind the Vagina Warriors
There’s an act of defiance in going onstage… We are standing in the garden of Katswe Sistahood’s office in Harare. It is 29°C, the sun beats on our foreheads until we’re shiny with sweat and…
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Dancing with Malawian Women
When a woman has been living life like that of ‘[a] rat on a treadmill,’ tired and resigned; in a state of hopelessness, helplessness and despair, on the brink of giving up—it is hard to…
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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder, But Who Is This Beholder?
I will never forget the day I decided to cut my hair. I remember taking my walk of courage to the beauty salon seven years ago. I walked in and the lady who usually braided…
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Are we Sweeping Domestic Violence Under the Rug?
As an avid fan of the TV show, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I couldn’t help but take interest in its latest episode which was receiving a lot of outrage over its portrayal of…
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Caution: Fearless Women Crossing the Line in Malawi
There’s energy in the air—here in Malawi. It crackles and shimmers, builds and builds, until it feels as though we are riding on a tidal wave of collective power, of women who have come from…
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Honduras Resists!
when the heart becomes brave . . . every dimension is transformed  It is difficult to reconcile bravery and the heart, but it is more challenging to separate this relationship from romantic love and even…
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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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Connect Your Rights!
At APC Women’sNet “Connect Your Rights!” Workshop in Mombasa, Kenya. My mind is literally exploding with concepts and ideas.I’m at the APC Women’sNet “Connect Your Rights!” Workshop in Mombasa. We opened the workshop with a…
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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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Taking the Power Within and Crossing the Line: Reflections from JASS in Malawi
Hope Chigudu shares reflections about building women’s voice in Malawi and powerful stories of the ways in which grassroots women internalize the power framework and use it to challenge, resist and rebel against various forms…
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So that you know – more from Malawi
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…
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The Springing Up of Herbs and Passions
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,…
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Give Them Wings to Fly: Crossing the Line in Zambia
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…
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Reflections – Malawi
I have been reflecting on the circumstances of the women we have been meeting during the Malawi workshops, on how they live and how they cope with the changes in their lives in the context of HIV…
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the voice of a grassroots woman
From AWID, I have learnt on how to strengthen women’s organisations and to bring solidality on womens movement in our regions and our countries and documentation is important. To make sure that we are  achieving…
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Bittersweet goodbye to Mexico City
Mexico City: August 7th, our last day together, was another action-packed 10 hours of motion as we tried to make the most of the conference and being together. A discussion about the complex world of…
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