From the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative to the Malawian Our Bodies, Our Lives Campaign led by HIV+ women, JASS’ movement-building creates the kind of deep collaboration needed to challenge prejudice and to ensure the security of activists in risky contexts.
Alongside the action, JASS documents how change happens in different contexts by bringing scholars and activists together to harvest new ideas and approaches from the field, and then share them widely—like our cutting edge concepts and tools on power adopted by many international organizations and donors.
The fires we light are not fires to set alight police cars, they are small cooking fires we make in our township backyards to feed the children when there's no electricity. The fires we light are not fires to set alight our neighbor's small-time business, they are rare passions we ignite in each other to soldier on, set up vending stalls and make a living against all odds.
“Protection of women defenders must be based on recognizing their existence, but also their contribution to creating better societies,” said a participant during a forum with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst who visited Central American countries to hear directly from defenders about the challenges and risks they face.