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Prior to joining JASS, Esperance worked for World Web Foundation as Finance Manager then Arterial Network as Finance & Administration Manager. She has worked for other NGOs such as Gender Dynamix, African Monitor, Catholic Welfare and Development(CWD) and has been in NGO sector for more than 10 years and passionate with what she does. She holds a Degree in Accounting &Taxation, a Diploma in Accounting, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Human Resources Management Certificate. Esperance is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.
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JASS Southern Africa stands in solidarity with the #TOTALSHUTDOWN Intersectional Women's March Against Gender-based Violence.
Read our initial reflections document from our 2017 convening, Defending Rights in Hostile Contexts, co-organized with the Fund for Global Human Rights.
To celebrate this One Billion Rising's theme on SOLIDARITY, we asked activists from our community to share their reflections.
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This week, JASS and the Fund for Global Human Rights are convening a gathering on ‘defending rights in hostile contexts," among activists, researchers, donors and local, regional and international organizations to deepen our collective understanding of the crackdown against activists and civic space – and how to confront it.
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See how we imagined and adapted Movement Generation’s innovative framework for organizing toward a regenerative economy by drawing on gender justice and feminist organizing in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa.
200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World! Along with acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and brave planet guardian Vandana Shiva, is JASS’ very own Executive Director and Co-Founder, Lisa VeneKlasen!
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Natasha is a South African qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 years post qualification experience, in senior finance positions at international organizations and in the development and corporate sector in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
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As delegates to the International AIDS Conference 2016 (July 18-22) gathered around the theme of “Access Equity Rights - Now”, Oxfam and JASS Southern Africa organized as women, and with women from the region who were effectively excluded from the space that was in essence about their bodies and their lives.
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Meet two activists from Nigeria and South Africa—Betty Abah and Nomonde Nkosi—saying, "No!" to Big Coal. Despite the distance that separates them and their contexts, their powerful stories illustrate women’s courage, leadership and organization in standing up to multinational corporations.

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