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Woman islander the backbone of families, empowerment on Jakarta’s farthest island

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 17, 2019   /  11:31 am
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Residents enjoy a peaceful Saturday on Nov. 9 on Sabira Island, north of Jakarta. Living far from the capital's mainland is a challenge but locals have managed to overcome the many issues they have faced on the quiet island.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)

Every morning, a gentle welcoming sun brings up the sea colors around the pier of Sabira Island in the Thousand Islands regency, a stone’s throw from the home of a 79-year-old elder who is known for her notable devotion as a community unit head. Throughout her life, Hartuti, affectionately known by locals as Bu Haji Tuti – a nickname referring to someone who has gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia – has been a strong backbone for families living on the island, as she has made sure that they stand tall on their own feet and live decently. “There are 500 people currently living on the island whom I have proudly regarded as my own children,” she told The Jakarta Post recently. “Because we are far from the city’s mainland and the government, I always encourage them to be independent and to take care of each other.” Sabira ...