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Dialogue 8: Movement Lessons For Strategic Resourcing

This dialogue, Movement Lessons: The Strategic Resourcing of Feminist Movements in Times of Crisis, is the latest in JASS’ Women Radically Transforming a World in Crisis Dialogue series. We joined hands with visionary women leaders from Black Feminist Fund, Collective Futures Fund, Solidaire Network, and the Global Fund for Women to share lessons and insights from varied movement and philanthropic perspectives on resourcing more broadly, and funding more specifically, as a mechanism for strategically resourcing movements to better support their agendas for lasting change.

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Awino Okech, United Kingdom (Moderator)

Awino Okech sits on the Board of Directors at JASS, and will be the moderator for Dialogue 8. She is a lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Univerisity of London. Awino brings over twelve years of social justice transformation work in Eastern Africa, the Greak Lakes region, and South Africa to her teaching and research work. She has worked with and supported international and inter-governmental organizations on women’s rights, conflict transformation, policing and security sector governance.

Aleyamma Mathew, United States

Aleyamma, currently the executive director of Collective Future Fund (CFF), is a known expert on the intersection of gender and economic justice. With over 20 years of experience in the philanthropic and advocacy sectors at the local, state, and national levels, she has led advocacy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and campaigns for economic policies to protect women’s rights, safety, and economic security, with a focus on women of color, immigrant and refugee women, and low- wage women workers.

Shereen Essof, Just Associates

Shereen is a Zimbabwean feminist, activist, popular educator, academic and JASS Executive Director since 2018. Shereen’s work is grounded in her engagement with women in trade unions, social movements, and community-based organizations. She strives to understand the roots and the gendered nature of neo-liberal, patriarchal systems, and from that understanding to imagine and organize towards alternatives. Shereen has published widely on feminism, women’s movements, and social movement organizing in journals in South Africa and internationally.

Amina Doherty, Antigua

Amina is a Nigerian/Antiguan feminist and wears many hats. She is a co-founder of the Black Feminist Fund, founding member of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and currently the Director of the Women’s Voice and Leadership-Caribbean program at the Equality Fund. Through actively supporting transformational work from artists, dreamers, activists, and organizations that strengthen social change, Amina is focused on helping to build a more colorful, equal, and just world.

Jesenia Santana, United States

Jesenia has over 15 years of experience dedicated to intersectional liberatory movements centering on racial and gender justice. She is currently the Senior Resource Strategist at Solidaire Network where she works to mobilize resources for and build trusted relationships with movements advancing gender, racial, and climate justice.

Sandra Macías del Villar, Netherlands

Sandra is a passionate intersectional Latinx feminist with extensive experience working in the human rights philanthropic sector. She has specialized in feminist grantmaking with women’s funds as well as resourcing social justice movements and grassroots organizations. Sandra is currently the Program Director for Crisis at the Global Fund for Women.

Theo Sowa, Ghana

Theo Sowa is a renowned women’s rights and social justice activist and until recently was the Chief Executive Officer of the African Women’s Development Fund. Theo has worked for many years as an Advisor to public sector and civil society leaders on a range of global issues, including women’s rights, child rights, African and global women’s leadership, and strategic advocacy. As a feminist activist, her work has encompassed an intersectional approach to promoting equality and justice.

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