Fellow Since 1998
This profile was prepared when Lusi Margiyani was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Lusi is challenging women's secondary status in Indonesia through child-focused campaigns in the major social institutions- mosque, school, family and mass media. Until now the gender awareness initiatives in Indonesia have focussed upon the issues confronted by adult women as the victims of a repressive legal system, male domination, domestic violence, unfair labor practices, etc. In working with children, Lusi seeks to overcome these problems before they are manifested in society. In promoting gender sensitivity among children, she is changing the concept of women's rights and opportunities from a women's problem to a human problem.