Aceh, May 7, 2007 — Since January 2006, The Asia Foundation has supported a wide range of economic, legal, educational, and political empowerment projects to improve the status of women in Aceh, Indonesia. Many of these programs specifically address human trafficking and support the development of women-led NGOs. Building on more than three decades of collaboration with civil society organizations in Aceh, the Foundation has drawn upon the expertise of its own staff and that of its partners to implement programs in a culturally sensitive way.
The programs’ impacts include:
- The opening of Aceh’s first women’s crisis center with a fully trained staff and tremendous community support;
- Women legislators starting to work together toward the creation of an Acehnese women’s caucus;
- A total of 2,287 women in 49 villages have joined a micro-credit program and 1,246 members have already become fund recipients;
- More than 1,200 people are receiving legal aid services from paralegals working in their communities; and
- An anti-trafficking curriculum was finalized with 12,000 copies of an anti-trafficking student workbook printed.
These programs assist in developing a stronger civil society network at a critical time in Aceh when the province is recovering from years of conflict, rebuilding after natural disaster, and exercising the authority afforded to them through the Law on the Governance of Aceh and the December 2006 elections.