Feminist movement-building

As the next election cycle approaches in Zimbabwe, formulating joint strategies to deal with an established pattern of political violence against women activists while ensuring their safety, security and wellbeing is vital.
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Young women activists of FAMM-Indonesia stood side by side, wrists roped together, mouths taped, to express their vehement opposition to the proposed Ormas Bill, which obliges organizations to “uphold morality and ethics and nurture the country’s religious and cultural norms.”
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In a context where conservative culture, social disparities and economic struggles exacerbate violence against women, fracture communities and serve to entrench the inequalities that oppress women daily, a group of community-based activists are coming together to compose a different narrative.
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Barely five months into its formation, FAMM-Indonesia is already making waves. From text messaging blast campaigns against the discriminatory regulation of women's bodies to mobilizing dialogues and protests to amplify women's voices, FAMM is building young women's movements in Indonesia.
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Shereen Essof and Maggie Mapondera ask, 'what's in a partnership?'
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Martha Tholanah's digital story created during "Telling Our Stories," a JASS digital storytelling workshop held at Women's Net in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 21-25th, 2008. Part of JASS' Feminist Movement Building Initiative in Southern Africa
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This year’s International Women’s Day sought to publicize the rampant problem of violence against women. While every country is fraught with different forms and levels of violence against women, it is clear that in times of instability, women pay the highest price. This is precisely the case in Mesoamerica.
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“When a woman goes to a police station to report domestic violence in Malaysia, the police ask questions such as ‘how many children do you have?’ or ‘do you love your husband?’ Then she is told to go back home,” says Manohara Subramaniam of JASS Southeast Asia. This situation is so familiar. It happens in Malaysia, in all countries of Southeast Asia and in many places across the globe.

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