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Mahina Masohi: Collective action for accountability in Indonesia


Project type Practitioner research 

Country Indonesia 

Support £24,839.55

In partnership with FAMM-Indonesia
“The government has opened up spaces for women to be involved in public consultations. Have young women activists become involved in them?” — PEKKA


of the lowest-welfare families in Indonesia are headed by women


of Women Heads of Family (WHF) are illiterate

Start date
April 2016
End date
March 2017
Period: 12 months


Young women in Indonesia are largely invisible in planning and accountability processes for development. Few policies consider young women's voices and lives; as a result, their potential remains unorganised and unacknowledged.


FAMM-Indonesia has been building the leadership skills and capacity of young woman activists, so they can have greater influence on the accountability of government policies at the village, district, provincial and national level.

This practitioner research will increase our understanding of the strategies used by young women activists to create an enabling environment for change; understand how they have been, and would like to be, involved in collective action for public consultation and accountability processes; and learn and practice risk analysis for community organisation.


Yayasan Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga (PEKKA) was started in 2000 to document the lives of widows who were the victims of the conflict in Aceh. Since then, it has become a comprehensive empowerment programme, putting widows in a better position, promoting their responsibility as the heads of their families, and raising the prestige of widows in society.