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Read our initial reflections document from our 2017 convening, Defending Rights in Hostile Contexts, co-organized with the Fund for Global Human Rights.
This week, JASS and the Fund for Global Human Rights are convening a gathering on ‘defending rights in hostile contexts," among activists, researchers, donors and local, regional and international organizations to deepen our collective understanding of the crackdown against activists and civic space – and how to confront it.
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This resource explores the integration between popular education and feminist perspectives on knowledge and power. Drawing on principles of feminist epistemology, we examine a variety of learning approaches that combine artistic expression with resonance and the butterfly effect. 
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As delegates to the International AIDS Conference 2016 (July 18-22) gathered around the theme of “Access Equity Rights - Now”, Oxfam and JASS Southern Africa organized as women, and with women from the region who were effectively excluded from the space that was in essence about their bodies and their lives.
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Extreme weather is displacing communities and putting emergency food aid at the center of women’s community organizing in the Philippines. After a severe 5-month drought, farmers and indigenous peoples led a peaceful protest to demand the long-promised food aid, but the police responded violently—leaving two farmers dead and many more including women injured or unlawfully arrested.
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Guatemalan citizens did what many saw as, “the impossible.” Led by university students adept at social media, they mobilized a unified demand for justice that hadn’t been seen in the country in decades—bringing together all Guatemalan voices, including urban middle class, women and indigenous and rural peoples.
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From landslides and floods to earthquakes and forest fires—environmental crises are plaguing the people of Southeast Asia. Women in Indonesia and Myanmar are leading emergency responses and organizing their communities to respond and prevent future problems.
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"The attack on the unarmed demonstrators was a cowardly act on the part of the police." says Thinzar Shunlei Yi, in response to the violent police crackdown on 200 students who were peacefully protesting against the new National Education Law on March 10th.
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