To build movements for women’s rights, JASS Southern Africa analyzes and challenges women’s inequality through the lens of power and HIV/AIDS.


When the pandemic hit, JASS started where we always have - with women’s lives and needs - which allowed us to strengthen and sustain their organizing in crisis. We are proud of how JASS in a moment of fundamental leadership transition was able to take our political accompaniment and movement support work to another level as we became responsive to the context.

Women Crossing the Line

JASS’ Winnet Shamuyarira speaks to Veronica Banda, a female pastor from Malawi who is among the women activists involved in the Our Bodies, Our Lives campaign. "My name is Veronica Banda and I am a female pastor from Malawi. I would like to share my story with the world, and hope it can inspire other women."

Regional Gallery Highlights

On April 21st, 15 women activist leaders who are driving the Our Bodies, Our Lives Campaign met with Malawian parliamentarians to put positive women’s issues front and centre on the national HIV/AIDS agenda including the need for comprehensive treatment literacy. The campaign leaders also gave voice to the need for universal access to antiretroviral treatment and healthcare and resources that ensure Malawians have the means to adhere to their treatment regimens. This was a powerful opportunity for the campaign to help shape the critical Malawi HIV and AIDS Management Bill, and push government representatives to prioritise HIV and AIDS financing as per constitutional guidelines. Hopeful for the future, Sibongile Singini of MANERELA+ (who convened the meeting as part of the JASS partnership) says, “I am excited about the commitment from the parliamentarians. They are willing to act with us and to let us set the agenda. Nationally and at district level, they have promised that they are here and will listen to us.”

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