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Hope Chigudu
In this thought-provoking article, Hope Chigudu shares her inspiring words on the importance of "planting seeds of empowerment in a disempowering context" as she describes the journey of Malawian HIV positive women's courageous fight for decent for health care resources and the rewards that came with it.
"I want to learn more on how to build a movement across the region as a young woman activist.”
Shereen Essof & Lisa VeneKlasen with Alia Khan & Adelaide Mazwarira
This latest publication in the Making Change Happen series features the extraordinary stories of HIV positive Malawian women as they mobilize for decent health care resources. These stories which highlight a movement spanning 5 years - from identifying the side effects of outdated ARVs (anti-retrivoral drug) - to organzing a campaign to fight for better quality drugs - paint a vivid picture of what developing activist leaders, organizing and movement-building look like in practice.
Check out JASS' 2012 Annual Report! We hope the stories in this report do justice to the profound yet immeasurable work of JASS’ community. 
HIVOS & JASS
"There is no revolution without the other 51%: lessons from feminist movements about how change happens." In this edition, HIVOS and JASS team up to feature women's civic activism.
Although originally created in order to develop a common language, and history within the JASS community, we quickly realized the dictionary's potential as a vehicle for the political act of defining our world based on a distinct feminist perspective - one that recognizes how distortions in social, economic, and political power form the basis of inequality and justice.
JASS (Just Associates) and Nobel Women's Initiative
Targeted killing of women—including women human rights defenders—has risen alarmingly in recent years in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, reaching crisis proportions, says a new report. In January 2012, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and JASS (Just Associates) organized a 10-day fact-finding mission to these countries led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum to review the situation of violence against women.
At the 12th AWID Forum, JASS organized the in-depth session “Access to and Control over Resources: Organizing for Women’s EmPOWERment”. The following section presents some of the key ideas discussed in an attempt to broaden the understanding of access and control of resources from an analysis of power and rights. An example of these power dynamics is illustrated in a case from Guatemala where indigenous women and their communities’ struggle for recognition, rights, and resources threatened by mining industries.
This report, published by The Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ), covers cases of violations experienced by LBT people in Harare and Bulawayo in response to continued attacks on the bodies of Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transwomen and Transmen. Most cases are linked to public participation of LBT people in national and international processes such as 16 Days of Activism and the Constitutional Reform Process.
Lisa VeneKlasen
When opposing political interests are using the same terms and tactics in diametrically opposed agendas, Lisa Veneklasen asks how we can transform the power of citizen action into sustained change for justice and equality. Article featured by OpenDemocracy. 

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