JASS Southeast Asia

In Seram Islands, Indonesia, women rise from poverty through Bina Masadah (Women, There is Hope), a women farmers’ cooperative that they formed in the coastal community of Nuruwe. Women lead the seaweed processing and run the cooperative themselves.
In 2015, women activists in Southeast Asia were on the frontlines of crises and change. Despite experiencing some setbacks, women activists united and took collective action on critical issues affecting them such as repressive laws and backlash. The following stories highlight the different ways that Southeast Asian women rose above some of 2015’s most challenging moments: 
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In commemoration of the global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and JASS’ 5th annual regional campaign One Day, One Voice, young Cambodian men and women explored the complexities of violence against women in a community forum in Prey Veng province on the 10th of December 2015. Read more…
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In East Kalimantan and elsewhere in Indonesia, performing customary rituals of indigenous peoples are commonplace. But now, such activities could land them in prison. Indigenous women, however, are fighting back.
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This year’s One Day, One Voice (ODOV) theme, “Our Rights, Our Resources, Our Life”, JASS will spotlight the courageous ways women are defending their rights on resources—e.g. land, water, food) and social services like education—against governments, private firms and corporate interests.
“Khmer tradition dictates that women should just stay at home...My passion is to make women claim their rightful place in society even if it takes being behind these prison bars to prove this point,” said Kong Chantha, Cambodian land rights activist, while imprisoned, in December 2014.
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Filipina human trafficking Mary Jane Veloso who is on death row on Indonesia for alleged drug charges is touted as the woman that rallied her country. In the Philippines, Indonesia, and the rest of Southeast Asia and the world – migrant rights organizations, women’s and other justice groups led different initiatives – all to save Mary Jane from impending execution. Vigils and protest actions were held, petition letters were sent, and signature campaigns as well as social media campaigns were launched. Indeed, Mary Jane’s case was a testament to the power of movements.
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Niken Lestari of FAMM-Indonesia (Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda-Indonesia) examines Indonesian migrant women’s plight and its interconnection with death penalty as enforced in Indonesia and its “receiving” countries such as Saudi Arabia. Read more...
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Along with other Indonesian rights groups, FAMM-Indonesia, a young women’s organization that JASS helped create, suffered intense backlash as they tried to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Read more...
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We stand here right now We stand tall and proud
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