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In 2013, we lost a courageous leader in our community– Jamillah Katombo–an outspoken HIV+ Muslim grassroots activist. Jamillah dedicated her life to breaking the silence around HIV/AIDS in her community in Zambia, organizing scores of women to speak up about their status and demand access to quality treatment. We honor her by sharing her story.
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“If you want women’s votes in 2014 put 75 billion on the table for better ARVs,” was the challenge that Malawian activist leaders put on the table in the run-up to the general elections on May 20. While Malawi’s bid to ensure 50% representation of women in politics was not realized in this election cycle, HIV positive women activists stood up boldly to voice their demands to presidential and parliamentary candidates.
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Where to start? … Over a week ago, I attended a dialogue—The Importance of Youth Leadership in Africa: A Discussion with Young African Leaders, hosted by Congresswoman Karen Bass. Catchy title, but I wish I could say the same about the discussion.
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When a woman has been living life like that of ‘[a] rat on a treadmill,’ tired and resigned; in a state of hopelessness, helplessness and despair, on the brink of giving up—it is hard to see a way out.
JASS and our Count Me In! Consortium partners are excited to launch a new toolkit, Behind the Scenes of Extractives: Money, Power & Community Resistance on March 18, for women land defenders confronting unwanted and damaging extractive projects. Register Now!
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As we end 2020, we continue to face uncertainty. Yet, we are presented with many moments of possibility. The communities and movements we accompany are organizing and building collective power, while showing us visions and solutions for a different future.
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JASS Mesoamerica staff give an analysis of the recent peaceful demonstrations in Guatemala.
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You are the voice of those who challenge the system. If you aren’t inside, who is going to speak for those who are outside? You have to be on the inside, you have to cry out, you have to speak up--and that’s what I have done. Be the voice
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JASS had the pleasure of chatting to Dr Awino Okech about her new book ‘Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa’ published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2020. Find out why this book is close to Dr Awino's heart.
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JASS ED, Shereen Essof reminds us that the personal is always political. The Long Haul is an invite, reminder + honor of all long haulers who are on the journey to healing themselves and communities, and transforming the world.
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