In 2001, PEKKA was founded in response to the multi-faceted poverty women heads of household faced in Indonesia, particularly those in conflict areas. Domestic violence, unregistered religious marriages, polygamy, child marriage and the lack of birth certificates for children, were some of the legal issues faced by female heads of households, all of which directly and indirectly impoverished them.
In 2006 PEKKA began to develop a legal empowerment program in response to the marriage and family issues faced by the PEKKA community. Since then, PEKKA has trained over 2000 women as paralegals who, in turn, have assisted over 125,000 women and children with their legal issues. These cases include obtaining birth certificates for girls and boys to enrol in senior high school and university. In 2014, PEKKA launched its legal aid clinics in which it provides legal advisory services to individuals at village level.
UNICEF’s Indonesia Office, working with Statistics Indonesia (BPS), estimates that over 1000 girls are married each day in Indonesia. They found a strong correlation between child marriage and lower levels of educational attainment, as well as later marital age and higher levels of educational attainment.
PEKKA, with assistance from the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, launched a program to support eight girls from NTT and NTB provinces in eastern Indonesia to complete the final three years of high school or to obtain a university degree or vocational college diploma.
Every girl that obtains a birth certificate and completes 12 years of education or fulfils a dream of university or vocational college education transforms her life and the lives of others. For more information on PEKKA go to: www.pekka.or.id You can help make this a reality for more girls in Indonesia by contributing to the PEKKA scholarship and paralegal support program for women and girls at:
Name of the Bank: Bank Mandiri
Branch: KCP Pondok Kelapa
Acc No: 006.000.676.3290
Acc Name: Yayasan Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga
Bank Address: Jl. Pondok Kelapa Indah, Blok A, KAV 1,2,3, no. 22-23,
Jakarta Timur 13450
Swift Code: BMRIIDJA
OR go to www.givenow.com.au/indigo
(Please note the PEKKA scholarship and paralegal
support program for women and girls)