THE JAKARTA POS/ PONTIANAK
A member of a women’s group, Kristina, 33, sat at the side of the room during a recent seminar at a hotel in Pontianak, breast-feeding her baby.
Along with her colleagues, Kristina has attended a number of meetings held in villages by NGO Pena Group in recent years, with topics of discussion ranging from legal and environmental management issues to learning about social changes.
“Initially, we were hesitant because woman are often sidelined, but now we voice our thoughts boldly,” said Kristina, a resident of Nanga Mau village in remote sintang regency, West Kalimantan. To reach Pontianak, the provincial capital, she has to travel all night.
Kristina was among 30 women from