Many Indonesians women and girls are still struggling to get achieve Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), especially the poor and marginalised. Discriminatory laws, policies and practices, coupled with the lack of sexual education in school, often leave many women with limited or no access to SRHR. Given the nation’s characteristics, an SRHR campaign would need a unique approach to be well accepted and not cause tension between different groups in Indonesian society.
Rahima Foundation, the Centre for Education and Information on Islam and Women's Rights, is an organisation that focuses on the empowerment of women with an Islamic perspective. Initially, the organisation concentrated on critical education and dissemination of information on women's rights in pesantren, an Islamic boarding school community. Due to the demands and needs of society, Rahima have broadened their scope to include Islamic schools also known as madrasah, teachers or religion teachers at Islamic and public schools, Islamic women’s organisations, university students’ organisations, and various non-government organisations.
Rahima aims to motivate and encourage discourse to strengthen the position of women within the Moslem society. Today, Rahima works in Banten, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, and East Java, involving approximately 75 pesantren, 100 schools/madrasah, 100 majlis taklim, and 25 students’ organizations/youth organizations/study groups. Rahima also conducts gender education programmes for its senior students, and is considered a resource centre in gender and human rights education within Islam, especially for other pesantren.
Hivos and Rahima developed the ‘Strengthening Youth Access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in the Moslem Community ‘in 2012. This three-year programme aims to expand the knowledge of SRHR within the Moslem community, especially among youth in pesantren, to ultimately change behaviour in response to SRHR issues, as well as to change SRHR policies at schools, locally and nationally. The programme runs in Banyuwangi, Jombang, Kediri, and Lamongan, all of which are in East Java.
Hivos supports this programme due to the belief that everyone deserves equal access to SRHR, especially women and youth since these groups have always been marginalised from the discourse of human rights, especially SRHR.