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Women's leadership Indonesia

Looking for that Other Face

Cordaid and the Human security collective are proud and happy to share their latest publication ‘Looking for that Other Face. Women Muslim Leaders and Violent Extremism in Indonesia’.

In this publication, six women tell their story. Six devout Indonesian Muslim women who have their roots in the traditional pesantren world. Not hampered, but inspired by their faith, they oppose patriarchal dominance and all the forms of oppression it begets: sexual and domestic violence, social inequality and, last but not least, the rising political extremism of puritanical Islamists.

They all tell a story of social change, religious reform and emancipation. The actions of these women have an impact. They make change happen, in their own schools, their own communities, in their districts, and sometimes even on a national level.

Six stories, six courageous women

We think these stories are important to be heard. Not only as gripping examples of personal courage and liberation, but more importantly as a contribution to discussions taking place on countering violent extremism in communities worldwide. These practices provide inspiring examples of preventative mechanisms in and from religious communities to combat violent repression and extremism.

The book will be presented and launched in New York City, on Tuesday March 5th, during a side event of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Click here to download a copy of the book (PDF).