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Turning harassment into empowerment

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

A Pekka member feeds a rabbit. Pekka members earn money by breeding rabbits and selling carrot crackers. JP/Tifa Asrianti Siti "Imas" Hasanah, a resident of Sukanagalih village, Cianjur regency, West Java, never imagined she could be financially and emotionally independent. "I was a victim of domestic violence," says the mother of four. "In 2004, I filed a report with the police and got a medical assessment. But I later recanted the report because I was afraid and unaware of my rights." Her husband often beat her up after she delivered a child, a behavior pattern that had been recurring since the birth of her second child. After joining the Empowerment of Female Heads of Households (Pekka) in 2005, Imas learned her rights, got a divorce and fought for women's rights in the area. "Now I assist victims of domestic viole...