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A passionate feminist activist, Anna Davies-van Es coordinates JASS programs and knowledge in the JASS Southern Africa office. With extensive experience in community-based organizing, feminism and advocacy, Anna brings her knowledge to bear in the strategizing and implementation of programs in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and regionally.
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Sindi Blose is a young, South African feminist activist who has been a grassroots organizer in Durban with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), widely known for mobilizing around access to affordable treatment for all people with HIV/AIDS.
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As social, political and economic instability dominates headlines worldwide, members of JASS’ international community are providing their own take on what this means for women’s rights, equality, and wellbeing. Check out JASS’ up-to-the-minute frontline analyses on patriarchy, feminist movement building and security from our annual Crossregional Dialogue in April.
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Neoliberalism has spawned a swath of oppositional movements.The more clearly oppositional movements recognize that their central objective must be to confront the class power that has been so effectively restored under neoliberalization, the more they will likely themselves cohere.
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The JASS Cross Regional Dialogue (CRD) opened its doors to three days of critical thinking and mobilizing on charting a collective roadmap for attaining women’s rights and justice. Drawing 48 feminist activists from Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Mesoamerica together for a rich and radical exchange of ideas and feminist strategies—all of this set against the backdrop of a world held firmly in the grip of patriarchy, increasing human rights violations, political crises and serious economic meltdowns.
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In the beginning of the so called 21st Century, of one of the least civilized planets of the universe, the economic, political, symbolic, social and military power was in the hands of a few sick men who suffered from such a severe misogyny that they had come to despise life itself. The illness had appeared some five or six thousand years earlier, when the male humans discovered that they had something to do with the reproduction of their species.
It’s not an individualist but a collective feminism that we need, one that measures success not by how high a woman can climb, but by the condition in which most women remain, says Shereen Essof
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Inspired, she says, by wide-open spaces and people who believe that anything is possible, Ellen herself inspires wide-open thinking among the feminists and social justice leaders, organizations and movements that she works to strengthen.
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In both her life and her work, Azola sees the world through the intersecting lenses of feminism and black consciousness. In contemporary South Africa where these are too often separate and sometimes antagonistic philosophies, this stance requires courage, a characteristic that Azola has in abundance.
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