On 29 September 2014 the Commission hosted a seminar on women and poverty in Indonesia. The lunch time seminar celebrated the publication of Ms Lies Marcoes’s book, “A Journey against Defeat: Narratives of Women’s Rejection of Poverty”. The book details the powerful resilience of Indonesian women in resisting impoverishment and features profound photographs by Mr Armin Hari.
Ms Marcoes, an Indonesian human rights activist, spoke about the serious human rights challenges faced by Indonesian women and highlighted their resilience in resisting poverty and injustice. Ms Nani Zulminarni, an innovator for women’s economic empowerment spoke of her work with PEKKA an organization for the empowerment of women-headed households.
The lunch time seminar was opened by President Gillian Triggs and facilitated by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.
The event was held under the auspice of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice Program – an initiative of the Australian Government aimed at increasing access to justice for poor and marginalised groups in Indonesia.
Additional information can be found on the AIPJ website.