Fellow Since 2000
This profile was prepared when Christina Joseph was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
While many people are taking the opportunity of the fall of the Suharto regime to get new laws passed that shield old traditions, Christina is relentlessly pursuing a different path in which the legal systems, still maintaining excessively patriarchal traditions that discriminate against women's rights, are cleansed of these negative cultural biases. While there are a number of citizen organizations working to overcome the problems of injustice and violence against women through legal aid centers or women's crisis centers, none of them have targeted on the specific problems that exist in the oppressive cultural traditions of the eastern regions of Indonesia.