Maria Pakpahan

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
Yayasan Tjoet Njak Dien Yogyakarta


This profile was prepared when Maria Pakpahan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Maria is committed to the empowerment of household "servants" in order that they be recognized as workers with all the rights and support of workers in other sectors. The three elements which are her goals and which she see as contributing to this empowerment are the formulation and passage of a law on the rights of domestic workers, empowerment of the women themselves to establish a trade union, and socialization of a contract for domestic workers. Training and other outreach programs are held in locations from which many of the women and girls originate to help them not only become more skilled in their jobs, but also better informed as to their rights and responsibilities, and better prepared for the cultural adjustment to urban life.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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