JASS Southern Africa

Beirut, Paris, Baghdad, Syria... Too many communities torn by violence. We grieve with the families and communities hurt. Amidst the senseless and inevitable clamors for more war, the many gestures of solidarity that ripple across social media remind us of our common humanity and the enduring demand for peace.
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“I believe that in the midst of all that despair, we need to nurture hope in ourselves as women, to believe that we are capable, that it’s possible to do something on behalf of our people.” – Berta Cáceres, 2014 It’s been a troubling week in troubling times. In the face of political fear mongering, people across the world have pulled together and amplified demands for change. Mourning and mobilizing is how love conquers hate.
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First, a message of solidarity to the families and friends of those injured and killed in the recent Manchester bombing and to all those throughout the Middle East who continue to suffer from ceaseless wars. This sustained violence feeds on and fuels fear, anger and hatred—the key ingredients that serve to legitimize more weapons and more restrictions on basic rights. As we mourn, we must also untangle and change the policies and politics of inequality, discrimination, and dislocation that spark this violence.
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In the wake of the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe, women are coming together to address these basic needs collectively – a critical organizing strategy that is laying the groundwork for a future-oriented agenda to advance economic rights and democracy.
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We’re kicking off this year’s International Women’s Month in New York! Alongside hundreds of allies and advocates, JASS is at United Nations Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) to spotlight the incredible work that women are leading around the world.
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No killing is worse than what the government is doing to us right now, by taking away our ability to make a livelihood and take care of our families, they are killing us.’ (Woman Vendor, Zimbabwe)
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Zimbabwe is in trouble. We are writing on behalf of our Zimbabwean staff and allies who are on the frontlines of this political and economic crisis to ask for your help.
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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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If there is one thing we can say about this past year, it is that 2017 was the year of women. Find out why in our annual report! Cover photo credit: Center for Women's Resources (CWR)
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JASS Southern Africa stands in solidarity with the #TOTALSHUTDOWN Intersectional Women's March Against Gender-based Violence.

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