Nur is the director of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) Jayapura, Papua. Her experience assisting women and children for 20 years has provided her with insight into how the legal system mistreats people based on a lack of understanding of different gender perspectives and the importance of informing law enforcement officials how to manage cases involving women and children appropriately.

The Challenge
Cases of violence against women and children are very high in Indonesia, and cases are high in Papua in comparison with other regions. This is due in part to a lack of understanding of gender in the judicial process. Papua retains a patriarchal culture where women are solely considered housewives and cannot carry out employment that is available to men. Because women and children are financially reliant on men, they have limited recourse if they become victims of domestic violence.

Gender discrimination is also prevalent within the legal system. For example, female law enforcement officers are often regarded as incapable of handling cases involving women or children. Additionally, many still believe that female officials do not have the ability to handle criminal law.

The Project
“Freedom for Women”

This project will increase the availability of female officials within the police, public prosecutor’s office, and courts who understand gender equality. Additionally, the goal is to increase the transparency of the legal process from the police and prosecutor’s offices to the court to ensure that female and child perpetrators or victims receive legal protection in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in order to avoid creating fear and intimidation and obtain a fair court decision.

Updates September 2021:
Nur launched her project by partnering with a group of paralegals and female lawyers to provide legal assistance to women in conflict with the law. She is working  to reach women in rural areas, and has identified 34 prisoners and 12 pre-trial detainees who are in need of legal representation outside Jayapura. Nur aims to ensure that all of these women are provided with legal assistance as part of her project.

In September 2021, Nur and her team visited Kerong Regional Police to hold a dialogue regarding defendant’s rights, as well as conducting legal consultations at Nimbokrang Sectoral Police.