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Women's Union Discussion on Women's Grassroots Organizing in Indonesia to Take Place on November 27

“Sharing Stories, Building Communities: Women’s Grassroots Organizing in Indonesia” is the topic of an upcoming discussion at the Pomona College Women’s Union (650 N. College Way, Claremont – second floor on southeast side) on Tuesday, November 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Anyone except Claremont Colleges students must RSVP with Pardis Mahdavi.

The featured speakers at the informal discussion will share their inspiring stories of how they built social movements from the ground up, and will discuss their approach to organizing, their life stories, and the importance of building transnational feminist alliances across borders.

Anie Djojohadikusumo is the founder and head of the Wadah Titian Harpan, a Jakarta-based foundation established by women for women and their families. An extension of Yayasan Arsari Djojohadikusumo, the social foundation of the Hashim Djojohadikusumo family, Wadah operates at the grassroots level and supports Indonesian women by offering the opportunity to manage their lives beyond family survival, lifting them out of the spiral of illiteracy and poverty. WADAH’s support extends to an initiative that revives endangered traditional arts and artisan communities to ensure sustainability of their arts and crafts. 

Robin Lim is an internationally acclaimed midwife who founded and directs the Bumi Seyhat organization in Bali. Founded in 1995, the nonprofit, village-based organization runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia. The organizations mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity, and to support the health and wise development of communities. The centers provide general health services, emergency care, prenatal and postpartum care, birth services, and breastfeeding support, as well as education and environmental programs.  

The mission of the Pomona College Women’s Union is to, within a global context, secure positive changes for women in their personal and political lives and to work toward deconstructing gender-based constraints. The Women’s Union provides a safe space for people of all genders, and seeks to actively engage the campus through its many programs and events.