Fellow Since 2000
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
This description of Christina Joseph's work was prepared when Christina Joseph was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
Christina's idea is using the existing legal system to spearhead a campaign for women's rights in the context of the oppressive cultural traditions of eastern Indonesia, while working to change the discriminatory laws and practices which tend to weaken the women's legal position. Christina has established a center in South Sulawesi which provides legal assistance in cases where women's rights are violated because of cultural norms and practices. She has simultaneously launched various women's rights awareness campaigns aimed at the general public, the police department, judges and the courts, taking care to avoid a negative backlash by proceeding as sensitively as possible.
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