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Just Associates (JASS) "is a network of justice activists, scholars and popular educators in 13 countries worldwide committed to increasing women’s voice, visibility and collective organizational power to advance a more just, equitable and sustainable world...

"Our program strategy for 2006-2008 centers around our Movement-Building Initiative, currently in progress in MesoAmerica, South East Asia, and Southern Africa. This effort is carried out in collaboration with Hivos, a Dutch NGO that supports efforts to promote gender, race and economic equality among other commitments, and the Global Fund for Women." [1]

Past Allies.


Accessed April 2008: [2]

  • Dina Abad, Philippines (Congressional Representative, Batanes; former Dean, Ateneo School of Government)
  • Mariela Arce, Panama
  • Patricia Ardon, Guatemala
  • Srilatha Batliwala, US / India (Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations-Harvard University; long-time activist with grassroots advocacy and women's rights initiatives in India)
  • Hope Chigudu, Zimbabwe (Gender Activist/Consultant; former Chair, Global Fund for Women)
  • Cindy Clark, Program Coordinator
  • Rashida Dohad, Pakistan
  • Ralph Fine*, US (Attorney, Fundraiser, Institutional Development Advisor, Fine & Associates)
  • John Gaventa, US/UK (Institute of Development Studies Participation Group - University of Sussex; former Director of the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee)
  • Mayela Garcia, Mexico
  • JoJo Geronimo, USA/Canada/Philippines
  • Peggy Healy, USA
  • Lori Heise*, US/UK (Founding coordinator, Microbicides Campaign; Advisor, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health; long-time gender activist)
  • Annie Holmes, Communications Manager
  • Timothea Howard, long-time cultural, community and labor organizer and educator; feminist radio host; CentroNia, Washington, DC.
  • Joanna Kerr, Canada (Executive Director, Association for Women's Rights in Development; formerly with the North-South Institute)
  • Dina Lumbantobing, Indonesia
  • Valerie Miller*, USA (Co-founder)
  • Malena De Montis, Nicaragua
  • Darshana Patel, USA/Nepal
  • Molly Reilly, Senior Program Associate
  • Atila Roque, Brazilian economic and environmental justice advocate; co-founder and coordinating committee for the World Social Forum; currently Co-Director of INESC (Institute for Economic and Social Studies – Brasilia).
  • John Samuel, India/Thailand (Regional Director for ActionAid-Asia; former Director of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies)
  • Ellen Sprenger, Canada/The Netherlands
  • Peter van Tuijl, Netherlands/Indonesia (Senior Technical Advisor with the Anti Corruption Assistance Program for the Indonesian National Police, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, formerly with the UNDP Partnership for Governance Reform)
  • Lisa VeneKlasen*, Executive Director
  • Heather White*, US (Founding Director, Verité; long-time corporate accountability and social responsibility advocate)
  • Everjoice Win, Zimbabwe
  • Emira Woods*, US/Liberia (Co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus) African justice advocate.
  • Nani Zulminarni, Indonesia

(* indicates member of US Executive Board of Directors)



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Just Associates, accessed April 3, 2008.
  2. Who we are, Just Associates, accessed April 3, 2008.