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Jakarta Post

Nani Zulminarni: Empowering vulnerable families

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 14 2009   /  12:11 pm

Courtesy of PEKKA The Empowerment of Female Heads of Households Program (Pekka) initiated by the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) in 2000 is a response to requests from widows living in conflict situations across Indonesia. Around six million families in the country are officially headed by women for various reasons, including divorce, abandonment and the death or illness of husband. (By default, the husband legally takes this role.) Pekka currently has programs in eight provinces: Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, West Java, Central Java, West Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Southeast Sulawesi and North Maluku. Funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), Pekka brings empowerment programs, such as economic empowerment, life-long learning and legal empowerment, to these regions. Pekka programs have attracted...