Each year, The Asia Foundation's Lotus Circle hosts an event in New York City to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the wellbeing of women and society in Asia. Proceeds from the event are used to fund cutting-edge projects to empower disadvantaged women and girls in 18 countries across the Asia-Paci?c region. In 2014, the Lotus Leadership Awards hosted a gala dinner event for the first time ever. This special event celebrated 60 years of The Asia Foundation's leadership to improve lives and opportunities throughout Asia, as well as the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program. The event honored Prof. Muhammad Yunus for his Nobel Prize-winning vision to give small loans to poor women to lift themselves out
A new organization, the Federation of Women-headed Households and Unions that comprises around 20,000 members across 19 provinces, was established on Thursday in Central Jakarta.
The members directly elected Aminah from Aceh as the federation's chair for 2013 to 2016. There are an estimated 9 million women-headed households across the country, half of which account for some of Indonesia's most-disadvantaged people.
The invisibility of women-headed households leads to them encountering difficulties when accessing various facilities, said participants in a discussion of the issue on Tuesday.
They were addressing the National Forum of the Association of Women-headed Households (PEKKA), attended by 500 representatives of the association's 20,000 members across 20 provinces, held in Central Jakarta.
The lack of recognition of households headed by women has led to difficulties for members of such families accessing basic services, a coalition of women’s groups claims.
The coalition, the National Forum of the Association of Women-headed Households (PEKKA), defines a woman-headed household as one where a woman is the breadwinner, whether she be single, divorced, widowed, or with a partner who does not work, or who can barely provide for the family because of absences from the home for long spells due to work.
Hear our music: Women from Banjar, South Kalimantan, perform at the National Forum of the Association of Women-headed Households (PEKKA) on Tuesday in East Jakarta. The women were among PEKKA's 20,000 members. Women-headed households are among the nation's poorest, but are still under-represented in national statistics, researchers say. (JP/Ati Nurbaiti)
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