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Jakarta Post

Personal is political for Valentina Sagala

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 22 2008   /  11:05 am

ROTUA VALENTINA SAGALA: Courtesy of Rotua Valentina Sagala Soeharto's downfall during the 1998 reform movement prompted the emergence of NGOs, which mushroomed by including big names as their patrons or on their advisory boards. But that was not the case with Rotua Valentina Sagala. Valentina founded Yayasan Institut Perempuan (Women's Institute Foundation) in Bandung in 1998 and believed that flattery would get her nowhere. "If you have a great will to do something for others, then do it even if you are young or a woman," the 31-year-old woman told The Jakarta Post recently. The absence of prominent figures in the foundation meant no parties allocated funding to the foundation. Valentina and her four colleagues knew well that without money they could not do much. They had anticipated that though, and focused only on activities viable to their st...