JUST ASSOCIATES INC

Building Women's Collective Power for Justice

aka JASS   |   Washington, DC   |  www.justassociates.org

Mission

JASS is dedicated to strengthening the voice, visibility, and collective organizing power of women to create a just, sustainable world for all. Our feminist movement-building and popular education strategies combine innovative learning, organizing, communications and action that equip and energize activists, expand alliances and mobilize women’s movements for greater political influence and to ensure the safety of activists in an increasingly risky world.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Shereen Essof

Main address

1900 L Street NW 504

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

06-1597668

NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

International Democracy & Civil Society Development (Q35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have a vision of social transformation: Addressing the big issues of our time – backlash against women’s rights, climate change, exploitative capitalism, violence against activists, growing inequalities, etc. – requires fundamental changes in social and political institutions and practices, as well as in the hearts and minds of both men and women. This cannot be achieved solely by tinkering at the edges of laws or policies or by getting a few more resources into women’s hands, or by gender mainstreaming or other instrumental ‘magic-bullet’ approaches now popular among many donors and governments. The social transformation we seek depends on deep personal and societal change strategies that shift the structures and dynamics of power, and is realized only when people everywhere enjoy individual and collective freedom, equality, justice, as well as social, economic, and personal security and wellbeing.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equipping Activists

We recruit and equip activist leaders from all walks of life with the confidence, information, skills, and strategies they need to organize women and build alliances necessary to address problems of justice and discrimination. We do this through training, reflection, and learning processes - using and adapting a variety of JASS’ curricula, political tools, and concepts and applying popular education methods.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Activists

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of paid participants on field trips

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

JASS does not give out loans, only subgrants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

JASS is a feminist movement support organization dedicated to building the voice, visibility, and collective power of women for a just and sustainable world for all. JASS equips and strengthens the leadership and organizing capacity of women leaders and their organizations in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. JASS strengthens women’s movement strategies to transform the systems, structures and beliefs that perpetuate inequality and violence in four areas of their lives: bodies, voice, resources and safety.

Our 5 core overarching strategies seek to strengthen and amplify the voice, visibility, and collective power of women:

1. Bolster women’s leadership and organizing capacity through improved and expanded activist training, accompaniment and political development grounded in feminist popular education methodologies

2. Build and fortify cross-issue and cross-border movement alliances and links – both among our core constituencies of women/LBTQI: indigenous and rural, HIV+, young feminists, human rights defenders, workers, etc. and with other allied social movements within and across regions to create the conditions for greater political leverage, strategic collaboration, and safety.

3. Increase the understanding and support for collective and community-based approaches to safety and human rights protection in repressive contexts so that activists and movements have the resources they need to
continue their work with greater safety.

4. Strengthen and amplify the leadership of community-based women in bringing innovative solutions and bold demands to regional and global advocacy spaces on critical issues and agendas including women human rights defenders’ security, and environmental and economic justice.

5. Center community-based women’s knowledge and feminist contributions through more interactive and creative use of communications including social media, JASS’ Women Crossing the Line platform and the production of knowledge (e.g. articles, research, blogs, curated discussions) to influence the understanding and support for women perspectives and solutions.

Founded in 2002, JASS was built from the ground up by a community of practice with longstanding relationships of trust and a shared belief in feminist popular education as a key component of its movement-building work. Today, the work of JASS work is supported by a 43-person staff located in 6 international offices covering 9 countries and multiple projects, programs and initiatives. The organization has built a base of partnerships, networks, alliances and coalitions while maintaining a dynamic community of practice and close relationships with a wide range of social change efforts in the three regions in which it works.

Financials

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Operations

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JUST ASSOCIATES INC

Board of directors
as of 06/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Joanne Sandler

UN Women

Term: 2014 -


Board co-chair

Awino Okech

Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Term: 2017 -

Natasha Barker

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment

Sangeeta Chowdhry

Global Fund for Women

Shereen Essof

Just Associates

Miguel Pulido

Antifaz and Criatura

Joanne Sandler

Gender at Work

Awino Okech

Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2021

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