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Travelling journal goes to Indonesia
Media Update
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 09:00

After successfully passing through the hands of a woman rice farmer in Central Luzon, Philippines, the travelling journal is now making its second stop in West Java, Indonesia. Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia will collect everyday writings from eight rural women in different countries to give a personalised voice to a growing clamor to transform agriculture into a more equitable and sustainable system. The initiative is led by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN  AP), Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), and East Asia GROW Campaign.

A peasant woman, 36-year old Suryati, will record her life as a leader and mother in the agrarian community of Pangalengan. A municipality of Bandung Regency, Pangalengan used to be a fertile and productive land enjoyed by its tillers. Today, however, majority of the lands are controlled by only a few companies involved in tea production, forestry, mining, and horticulture. A geothermal company is said to be working with a national energy company in extracting natural gas from Pangalengan land, further threatening the livelihood and environment of farmers.

Suryati is one of the many poor farmers in Pangalengan who own little or no land of their own. A mother of four, Suryati has to balance her life as a homemaker, farmer, and community leader. As a leader of a local chapter of Seruni, a peasant organisation in Indonesia, she fights for land rights, organising farmers and speaking out, especially for women who receive lesser wages and are more dispossessed of land. She also spends a lot of time taking care of the daily needs of her family.

Although not confident on her writing skills, Suryati is nonetheless eager for the opportunity to tell her story to the world. “Without land we can not produce food. That’s why genuine land reform has to be done,” she said. She will write in the journal for ten days, after which the journal will travel to China where another rural woman is awaiting her turn to fill its pages. #

For Reference:
Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC): secretariat@asianruralwomen.net
Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP): Marjo Busto marjo.busto@panap.net

For updates: http://asianruralwomen.net/html/media_000009.php

 

Profile of Suryati:

Name:  Suryati
Age:  36 years old
Civil Status:  Married
No. of children (if any):  4
Community:  Pangalengan
Country:  Indonesia
Educational Background:  Junior High School
Languages Spoken and Written:  Sundaness and Bahasa
Name of Organisations involved in:  Seruni

      Seruni
      Contact Person:  Dewi Amelia, Chairwomen
      E-mail:  ce_humorbana@yahoo.com

Current position in her organisation/s:  Chapter Leader
Years of stay in the organisation/s:  8 years

 

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