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Jakarta Post

Siti Musdah Mulia: A courageous woman

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Fri, August 13 2010   /  09:15 am

Siti Musdah Mulia is no stranger to human rights. Some will remember her for arguing in 2008 that homosexuality had its place within Islam. Others may recall how she denounced the pornography bill lawmakers were discussing, saying it would institutionalize religious oppression.JP/M. Azis TunnyInspired by former president and respected Muslim leader Abdurahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, the 52-year-old recipient of the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award leads a tireless fight for the rights of minorities.But it all just seems like second nature to her.“What I am doing is merely answering a humanitarian call,” she told The Jakarta Post after speaking at a workshop on religious issues in Makassar last week.Musdah, who received the Woman of The Year 2009 award from the Italian government for her commitment to women’s rights, grew up in a religious family in the homo...