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Jakarta Post

Bloggers showcase humanity at grassroots

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 28 2018   /  01:39 am

Show of thumbs: Blogger Lauren Kana Chan (fourth right) poses with local municipal officials at an event in Surakarta, Central Java, on Tuesday in support of a European Union development program on combating discrimination and stigma against women and children with disabilities.(Courtesy of Lauren Kana Chan)Through the eyes of Dewi, a 24-year-old woman from Central Java, Lauren Kana Chan learned about the positive outlook that persons with disabilities in Indonesia have and the progress they have made, despite the shame and stigma imposed on them.

“She had a leg discrepancy [sic] and struggled to do things on her own and it reflected a broader struggle of what it’s like [to be disabled],” the Canadian blogger said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Chan said Dewi’s story was particularly moving for her because she still had an optimistic outlook on her future and continued to s...