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Indonesian women named among ‘BBC 100 Women 2020’

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, November 24, 2020  /  05:57 pm
Indonesian women named among ‘BBC 100 Women 2020’

The '2020 BBC 100 Women' list features Indonesian activist Febfi Setyawati and environmental campaigner Salsabila Khairunnisa. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesian activist Febfi Setyawati and environmental campaigner Salsabila Khairunnisa have been included in the BBC 100 Women 2020 list.

Established in 2013, 100 Women is BBC’s annual series that highlights 100 inspiring women from various backgrounds. This year's theme is "How Women Led Change in 2020", with the list including scientists, public health experts, healthcare workers, politicians, actors, architects and other figures for their efforts to improve other people’s lives in their communities.

Febfi’s journey started when her son Haykal passed away from the rare neurological disorder Moebius syndrome. In 2019, she founded community, which aims to support those who suffer from illnesses with financial difficulties, including those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Febfi and her team also helped students in their community by providing free internet access and a mobile library. According to an official statement made available to The Jakarta Post, they are trying to provide signal transmitters for locations without an internet signal.

Febfi took to Instagram to express her gratitude. “I still can’t believe that they included my name on the list,” Febfi wrote.

Salsabila Khairunnisa’s concern over the environment grew since a very young age. At the age of 15, Salsabila co-initiated youth-led movement Jaga Rimba that aimed to fight against deforestation and exploitation in Indonesia.

The movement is striving for the Laman Kinipan community in Central Kalimantan. In 2018, the community was evicted from their land as palm oil company PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari (SML) claimed to have obtained permits to manage the land. According to Jaga Rimba’s petition on, the eviction has affected the community as well the endemic fauna in the area, including the orangutan.

“The pandemic has given us a consciousness that we are all under the same patriarchal-capitalist system that exists for profit,” Salsabila told BBC. “It is time for us to gather in solidarity, and lead a green and just recovery.”

Alongside Febfi and Salsabila, BBC 100 Women 2020 also includes prominent figures such as American actor Jane Fonda, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh, Pakistani actor Mahira Khan and Syrian filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab.

For the first time, BBC 100 Women 2020 left the 100th rank blank to commemorate all women “who made an impact and a sacrifice in this extraordinary year”. (wir/wng)

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