regional regulations or by-laws across Indonesia discriminate against women


of women-headed households live below the poverty line

4 in 5

reported cases of violence against women living in rural villages are not prosecuted

Since 2001, Perberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga (Female Headed Family Empowerment Programme) (PEKKA) has been transforming the lives of poor, marginalised women (poor widows, abandoned and divorced women) across Indonesia. PEKKA seeks to support and empower all women-headed households in Indonesia, estimated officially at 14.84% of households (Susenas) but estimated by PEKKA to be nearer to 25% of all households. PEKKA has a member network of over 25,000 women, spanning over 20 provinces and 855 villages.


PEKKA Bantul is a local chapter of the PEKKA network that operates in Bantul and Gunung districts and has close to 1,000 members in 12 villages. From 2015-2017, Sisters For Change trained a cadre of PEKKA Bantul members as community paralegals on domestic laws on violence against women and on how to provide support and advice to women victims of violence and supported PEKKA Bantul with legal clinics, awareness raising and outreach in Bantul.