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Jakarta Post

Speaking up paves way to women leadership

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 12, 2019   /  01:17 pm
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Siti Aisah and Olvialine Takayeitouw were among the women who had never spoken up, let alone addressed an audience. But the women respectively from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and Papua came to believe they not only had the right and ability to speak up but also assist neighbors to access public services, handle domestic violence cases and sit on local forums making important decisions for their communities.  The efforts of Siti Aisah, 47, and other locals even led to a village rule in Dasan Cermen, Sandubaya in Mataram and later a gubernatorial decree on preventing child marriage in NTB, a province with a high number of child marriages.     The women attributed their self-confidence to paralegal training held by local chapters of the Legal Aid Foundation of Indonesian Women's Association for Justice (LBH APIK). The organization launched on Tues...