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Jakarta Post

When women translate rights

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 26, 2017   /  10:24 am
When women translate rights Two female students of Baitul Mustofa Islamic boarding school talk before the recital begins. (JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan)

“Roads, rates, rubbish.” This was councillor Anna Speedie’s campaign slogan when she successfully ran for mayor of Wodonga for a second term. Wodonga is in a rural hub in the far north of Australia’s state of Victoria, 300 kilometers from Melbourne. The slogan is far from new, but under her efforts the program seems to have markedly helped women, children, the disabled and the elderly to access public services easily. Speedie outlined her rightsbased approach to participants of the Leadership Development Course for Islamic Women Leaders program in Melbourne in late September. For Speedie, 45, a former tennis player, the slogan became a concrete effort to meet citizens’ rights. Throughout the two weeks, we heard similar commitment from other women speaker, based on a similar perspective: the experience and interests of women as the basis for fulfillment...

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