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Nani Zulminarni: Dare to be a woman

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 13 2010   /  09:52 am

JP/Prodita SabariniWomen’s empowerment activist Nani Zulminarni had a few reasons to be angry in the late 1990s.

Her marriage broke down, her husband married another woman, and to top it off, she was discriminated against at work for being a divorcee. So she resigned from her job as the director of the Center for Women’s Resources Development (PPSW).
But when one door closes, another one opens. And sure enough, in 2001, Kamala Chandrakirana, the head of the National Commission on Violence Against Woman (Komnas Perempuan), asked Nani to work on a project documenting widows in conflict areas, starting in Aceh. The project morphed into a comprehensive program she is now heading called Pekka, or Women-Headed Household Empowerment. Nani successfully turned her anger into a relentless source of energy for the next decade, helping women who are the sole breadwinners in the house...