Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia

by Yayasan Sosial Indonesia untuk Kemanusiaan
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Support 6 Women's Crisis Centers in Indonesia
Meeting Puspita Bahari with women fisheries
Meeting Puspita Bahari with women fisheries

In 2018, Pundi Perempuan with donation from Global Giving and other donation from Indonesian public continues its support for women organization works for the elimination of discrimination and violence against women. One out of 5 Pundi Perempuan grant was dedicated to Puspita Bahari, a community based organization that fight for women fisheries rights to get their work status admitted by the goverment.

 

Mrs. DW, her name. She has been fishing with her husband for five years. Depart from home at the afternoon and return in the morning. She is good at spreading nets, controlling boat engines and bargaining for catches to traders. If examined further, she has more tasks to do rather than her husband. When landing on the beach, Ms. Darwati was still responsible for selling fish to the merchant, while her husband returned home to cleanse himself and rest.

 

For years she had been working as a small scale fishery, face the same risk in loosing life while doing fishing, but her fate was completely different from her husband. Suppose there is a work accident, Ms. DW, would not get insurance from government, because her status on the Identity Card is a “housewife” who only helped the husband’s work in the sea. While her husband, who acknowledged having profession as a fisherman in their ID card is eligible to get government guarantees, such as health and life insurance.

Realizing that this case are experienced by many women fisheries in the area, Puspita Bahari, a women fisheries organization, led by Ms. MS, educated the fishermen (male and female) about their basic rights. The education was delivered to the fisheries in villages, namely Morodemak and Purworejo in sub-district Bonang, Demak District, Central Java.

One of the issues discussed and followed up is to change the work status in the identity card of female fisheries, because it relates to access to government guarantees.

 

There is no easy way for women fisheries to get recognition of their identity as fishermen. More than nine months of struggle to be able to change their status on the ID card. The biggest challenge is precisely coming from village government officials who strongly object to changing identity from “housewife” into “female fishermen”. They make it difficult by using religious arguments about the roles and responsibilities of women. The same incident was experienced again during an audience with the Central Java Provincial Parliament. Ms. MS was humiliated by local parliament member. They break the struggle of fishing women to get their status using religious arguments.

 

The Puspita Bahari team persisted in advocating for village officials. Finally they village head and apparatus were willing to issue a statement to deal with the change of identity to the Civil Registration and Civil Service Service, but with the profession as a “fisherman laborer”. Obviously women fishermen are not pleased with the profession of fishing laborer, because they do not work with landlords but catch fish with their own boats, machines and nets.

 

Puspita Bahari then asked for support from their network. A legal aid institution in the city of  Semarang facilitated to meet with the village officials to province parliament, and encourage media to make a coverage about the issue. Pundi Perempuan then support the struggle by financing some of the expenses of 31 female fisheries in doing their advocacy process.   "We don't have a budget to come to sub-districts, to the government office in the city and to meet with the parliament member. Pundi Perempuan fund was used to finance the trip, to communicate with the network and other advocacy needs”.

 

Network pressure and media that support Puspita Bahari's efforts have finally succeeded in changing the identity of fishing women on ID cards to obtain their rights as fishermen women protected by the state.

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ES was welcomed by Kabar Bumi at Jakarta Airport
ES was welcomed by Kabar Bumi at Jakarta Airport

We would like to share a story on how valueable is the donation that collected for Pundi Perempuan in support one of the organizations that provide service for survivor victim of violence against women. By the year of 2017 Pundi Perempuan have received 83 donors where they come from Australia, USA, Singapore, and several from Europe as well as Indonesia and you are one of them.

Part of of donatioan $1538 already been helpful for Migrant Worker Family of Indonesia Kabar Bumi in Supporting their service task for counseling and advocating for women migrant victims of violence. Kabar Bumi is an organization initiated by former migrant workers to help and find solution and advocate for migrant worker problem. Kabar Bumi open 24hrs hotline service via Whatsapp, phone and social media. While deal with the cases, they supporting women migrant workers directly and indirectly.

With only amount US $1,538, many have doubt about how it can support the organization, especially to help women victim of violence. That amount might be not much, nonetheless through this fund can help survivor “ES” 24 yrs female, prevail the case in Hongkong Court of trail. ES experienced mistreatment by employer for seven months in 2013-2014. She have to works 21 hours a day, sleep on the floor and did not have any day off. All over her body were injured. Later on the employer abandon her in HongKong International airport with ticket to Jakarta, and US 70 $. The employer threat her to keep silence. Her experiences got international attention. The case was brought to court after being supported by various stake holders. The governments of both countries provided all ES costs during the trial process. The Court his employer found guilty.

After the case is completed, ES continues to prosecute to sue over the injuries and defects suffered but all the costs of this civil case must be handle alone by her almost run out of case. The governments of both countries provided all ES costs during the trial process. The court convicted his employer find guilty. After the case is completed, ES continues to prosecute and sue over the injuries and defects suffered, but all the costs of the process of this case must be handle alone by her. Kabar Bumi decided to support ES using fund of Pundi Perempuan. ES needs transportation cost from Hongkong to Indonesia from Indonesia to Hongkong, and to manage document and get probono lawyer also to communication cost during case in process.  Hongkong Court judge convicted in favor of ES in 21 December 2017, she won and entitled for compensation from the employer.  Kabar Bumi also have help 4 women migrant workers in Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore as well women migrant worker who already return to Indonesia. The fund are used for transport of victims and accompanying relatives, document management and communication between victims and assistant.

The cases of violence of Indonesian migrant workers in 2017 recorded by the Ministry of Manpower / BNP2TKI are 4475 cases, 342 cases of which handled by Kabar Bumi. With ES story, this can be an inspiration and spirit for other migrant workers to processes their case. For Kabar Bumi, ES winning can be one of the tools to advocate to encourage government in provide supporting facility and services for migrant workers problem.  

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Mosintuwu
Mosintuwu

Violence Against Women is always a critical issue Pundi Perempuan was born for. Along with the prevention through constant education and awareness, we strongly believe that rehabilitation and empowerment are important to end all action of violence against women. With its unique characteristic, Pundi Perempuan has its place embracing the grassroots working for assisting women victims of violence by mobilizing public fund to the Women Crisis Centers in Indonesia.

Indonesia untuk Kemanusiaan (IKa) as the resource organization who manage Pundi Perempuan call for proposals from all the grassroots network to submit their needs for the fund twice a year for in total of six local organization who assist women victims of violence. We are partnering with The National Commission of Violence Against Women to assess all the proposals we received.

This year, our first time with GlobalGiving has made it possible for us to grant the fund for three Women's Crisis Center spread all over Indonesia and of course this is because all of you kind donors! Thank you!

Here are the three organizations who have been granted:

  1. Institut Mosintuwu (Women's Crisis Center) - Palu, Central Sulawesi
  2. Beranda Perempuan (Women's Crisis Center) - Jambi, Sumatra
  3. Posko Pengaduan Desa Binangga (Women's Crisis Center) - Sigi, Central Sulawesi

The organizations mostly were born from the individual or group initiatives who realize that there is still a huge lack of education on gender equality that cause the increasing cases of violence against women. Some of the organizations use their own resources to fund the services they give to the victims and the staffs work voluntary.

Institut Mosintuwu in Palu, Central Sulawesi work for women in the post conflict areas. They build women's school to be able to become a peacebuilder with strong gender perspective. They are independently active despite all of the limitations. We decided to grant the fund this time for them because there is an urgent need they are facing. They shelter a teenage victim who will soon give birth and need funding.

Beranda Perempuan in Jambi, Sumatra is a community based organization born from women's initiative of the loss of access, control and reward for women in relation with the natural resources management in the area. It focuses on women empowerment for the farmerwomen and build Embun Pagi School for less-privileged children as well as the plaace for women gather for information and knowledge on violence against women.

Posko Pengaduan Desa Binangga in Sigi, Central Sulawesi born from the initiative of women survivors of violence accompanied by KPKPST (Women's Equality Group of Central Sulawesi) to empower each other, share information and experience on case handling and rehabilitation process. Women survivors became the vocalpoint to response violence cases, organize themselves to be voluntary advisors for victims.

Pundi Perempuan has a vision to not only grant funds but also give capacity building the WCCs need. We are confident that this will be possible if we are all working together. Currently, IKa has a limited team and resources. If you would like to give out more helping hands, you may contact us and be part of our Community of Enablers and let's keep the lights shine bright!

 

In the name of Humanity with Love,
Jess
jlee@indonesiauntukkemanusiaan.org
Indonesia untuk Kemanusiaan
Pundi Perempuan

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