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Solidaritas Perempuan - Aceh

Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity) was established on December 10th, 1990 with the aim of advocating for gender equality through the promotion of pluralism, anti-violence, ecological awareness, and just principles. In 1993, Solidaritas Perempuan was divided into 14 regional offices spread throughout Indonesia. The Aceh branch has launched a campaign to increase public awareness of the harm caused by the implementation of Shari’ah law, and to encourage policy change. Additionally, SP Aceh advocates the reform of local Shari’ah laws in order to address culturally justified violence. Through lobbying and increasing the capacity of stakeholders, SP Aceh is fighting to increase awareness of some of the harmful aspects of the relationship between religious laws and the rights of women.

Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre

Shirkat Gah (SG) literally means a place of participation. It was formed as a non hierarchical collective in 1975 by a group of women with a shared perspective on women’s rights and development. Shirkat Gah is committed to a just, vibrant, progressive and democratic society where women are fully empowered, gender equality, human security and opportunities are ensured for all, peace prevails and resources are shared on a sustainable and equitable basis.

Koalisi NGO HAM

Koalisi NGO HAM Aceh is involved in advocacy against discriminatory laws and policies in Aceh, Indonesia. Part of its strategy and approaches is building alliances with civil society organizations that share common perspectives and goals toward improving the human rights situation in the province such as the law on truth and reconciliation commission in Aceh, the qanun (laws based on the Shari’a) on education, on qanun procedures, and other related issues. They carry out lobbying at local, national and international level against qanuns that have adverse effects on the human rights of the Acehnese people.

Institut Pelangi Perempuan

Institut Pelangi Perempuan (IPP) is an organization focusing on the empowerment of young Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) women in Indonesia and creating safe spaces for them. Since its foundation, IPP has adopted the strategy called Education, Fun and Entertainment (Edufuntainment) and promotion of cool politics. The use of youth friendly language as well as recreational spaces such as dance and sport (badminton and boxing) club are used as the tools for mobilizing youth LBT women in Indonesia.

Foundation of Solidarity for Justice

Foundation of Solidarity for Justice (Victims Network) is the first organization that works with the victims of war for the past three years in Afghanistan. The Victims Network was established for the first time to help and raise the voices of the Victims of the conflict in Afghanistan by providing them psychotherapy services, awareness raising workshops, sharing the stories and experiences of the victims through print and electronic media, documentation of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Victims Network for the first time in the history of Afghanistan established Victims Shuras (Councils) in Kabul.

Baidarie Sialkot

Baidarie Sialkot is a Pakistani NGO that grew out of an initiative of women in the rural village of Roras in 1993.

Aceh Prepares to Enforce Broader Sharia Criminal Code, With Stiffer Penalties

May 5, 2015

Sharia police in Indonesia’s westernmost province, Aceh, have begun educating the public about a broadening of the Islamic penal code set to go into effect in October this year. Behaviors punishable under the new regulations – known as Qanun Jinayat – include adultery, rape, sexual harassment, homosexual acts, and falsely accusing others of adultery.

Women's rights in the Indonesian province of Aceh: "The population is being systematically silenced"

April 8, 2015

Azriana Rambe Manalu, 46, and Samsidar, 48, are two of the best-known women in Aceh. In this interview with Christina Schott, they talk about how the introduction of Sharia in Aceh in 2003 has affected society – and women in particular

Pakistan PM condemns stoning and beating to death of pregnant woman

June 4, 2014

Nawaz Sharif says killing which apparently took place in police's presence was 'totally unacceptable' and demands action

Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has demanded to know why police apparently stood by while a pregnant woman was stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country's top courts, his spokesman said.

Girls 'Treated as Cattle': Child Brides Divide Pakistan

April 2, 2014

BY WAJAHAT S. KHAN AND HENRY AUSTIN

LAMABAD, Pakistan -- A proposed law seeking tough new penalties for marrying children has triggered intense debate in Pakistan.

At the moment, females can legally tie the knot at 16 while males must wait until they are 18. However, it is customary for younger teen girls to be married by their families in some parts of the country. Girls are also sometimes offered as compensation to end feuds between families.

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