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Jakarta Post

Single parents turn to community to navigate post-divorce life

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /  02:16 pm
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When 26-year-old Fadyah Syifa Hasbiah’s husband left her for another woman in 2015, she became depressed and insecure, blaming herself for what happened, especially as it made her a single mother of a baby girl. During the initial years of her divorce in Yogyakarta, where she studied at Gadjah Mada University from 2010 to 2015 and married her now-ex-husband, she turned to her aunt for emotional support and spiritual guidance. She also followed the Instagram account of a support group called Single Parents Indonesia in Motion (Spinmotion). Syifa moved back to Jakarta to live with her parents and 5-year-old daughter after her divorce was finalized in 2016 and has since worked for a private company. She eventually read an Instagram post that said Spinmotion would hold a meet-up in Jakarta. She messaged the account and introduced herself to the group&r...