WEBINAR - Women, Power and Change in Southeast Asia


With authoritarianism, fundamentalism, and militarism on the rise across the region, women human rights defenders are facing increased levels of violence and threats. These women are among the most vocal and active leaders of progressive movements - and the ones most affected by political, economic, and environmental crises.

JASS Southeast Asia is hosting a webinar featuring four activists from the Asia-Pacific region and using the latest publication, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women, Power, and Change in Southeast Asia, as a resource to jump into conversation. Participants share the findings from this contextual analysis and spotlight women activists’ creative strategies for safe and strong resistance. 

Join the webinar on April 9 (6pm PST/9pm EST) to learn more! 

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The discussion will focus on

  • The converging impact of authoritarianism, militarism, and extractivism in Southeast Asia, with emphasis on:
  • the rise in authoritarian rule and the suppression of rights and freedoms of marginalized groups, including LGBTQ, indigenous, and poor people;
  • accelerating extraction of natural resources through the collusion of governments and corporations; and
  • the mobilization of military and armed forces to protect private and state interests and silence dissent.
  • Women-led resistance movements and organizing tactics
  • Solidarity, resilience, and a shared vision for a feminist future.


  • Margo Okazawa-Rey: Activist, educator, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place’s main author
  • Sharon Cabusao-Silva: Women's right activist, GABRIELA Alliance - Philippines
  • Niken Lestari: Activist, FAMM-Indonesia
  • Moderator: Zeph Repollo, JASS Southeast Asia’s Co-director