Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women, Power, and Change in Southeast Asia

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women, Power, and Change in Southeast Asia

February 08, 2019 by JASS Southeast Asia
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Date of Publication: December 2018
Number of Pages: 48
License: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0
Language of Publication: English

A vital part of this report of the current context in Southeast Asia involves showing the ways that ordinary people, activists, human rights defenders, and social movements are organizing to protect their communities from destruction and injustice, even in extremely precarious and dangerous situations. Some of the most vocal and active participants in progressive movements for change and transformation are women from the most affected communities in the region. Although separated by language, culture, and religion, as well as by oceans and physical distances, these activists have forged sturdy relationships. By working together across identities, issues, and organizations— from Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand on the Asian continent, to the island nations of Indonesia and Philippines, and to Malaysia, spanning a southern peninsula on the continent and Sabah and Sarawakin on the island of Borneo—they are further strengthening their connections and capacity to lead change.