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our impact

  • 17 projects
  • 37 partners
  • 86,466 people helped

Quick facts

  • 253million people
  • 16.2%living on less than USD $1.25 / day
  • 15.1%don’t have access to safe water

Indonesia has seen significant economic growth in recent years, but poverty and inequality persist.

Small-scale producers receive no benefit from the country’s financial growth and for poorer people — particularly women — employment can be unstable and unpredictable. Gender inequality means women are often excluded from making decisions — both in the home and at a policy level. High rates of gender-based violence mean there is still much to achieve.

Indonesia is also one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Disaster, coupled with the impacts of climate change, can have significant impact on local livelihoods.

Oxfam is committed to addressing gender inequality, economic disadvantage and preparing for and responding to disasters. We focus on the Eastern provinces of Indonesia where poverty is the deepest.

Key areas of work

Gender Justice, Livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction

One story of change

Photo: Lara McKinley/OxfamAUS

Photo: Lara McKinley/OxfamAUS

A few years ago, 48-year-old schoolteacher Lilik Agustiyaningsih learned that her husband had just married a second wife. Feeling devastated, ashamed and uncertain of how to move forward, Lilik accepted a friend’s invitation to join the Indonesian Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy (KPI).

Through her membership in KPI’s Balai Perempuan (Women Hall), Lilik attended training which gave her knowledge and understanding of women’s rights and laws on domestic violence. In the same year, Lilik’s new awareness of gender equality empowered her to file for divorce.

In Indonesia, divorce for women is highly stigmatised and remains a difficult decision as women are often financially dependent on their husbands. There is also no system in place to provide child support for separated parents.

Since then, Lilik has facilitated workshops on Women’s Role in Development, become a community organiser, and was elected KPI group leader for Nusa Tenggara Barat province. She is regularly invited by the village head to discuss future planning.

In the lead-up to Indonesia’s presidential election, Lilik was approached by one of the political parties and nominated as a legislative candidate.

“I wanted to run as a legislative candidate because I see the community’s condition, especially women’s condition,” Lilik says. “They are still very submissive and obedient to their husbands. I wanted to try so I can change policies.”

Although she wasn’t elected, Lilik’s nomination as an outspoken advocate of women’s rights is significant, and her membership in KPI’s Balai Perempuan exposed her to the training, knowledge and peer support that enhanced her leadership abilities and contributed to her transformation.


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