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Ambonese activist wins 2012 Saparinah Sadli Award [Indonesia]
an article by Iman Mahditama, The Jakarta Post

Ambon-based women's rights activist Baihadjar Tualeka was announced on Wednesday as the winner of the 2012 Saparinah Sadli Award, besting 21 other nominees from across Indonesia.

Awarding activism: Veteran women's rights activist Saparinah Sadli (right) presents the 2012 Saparinah Sadli Award to Ambon activist Baihadjar Tualeka at an awards ceremony in Grand Indonesia mall, Jakarta on Wednesday. The theme of this year's award is Gender Justice, Culture of Peace and Multiculturalism. (JP/Iman Mahditama)

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"I hope this award can inspire me to continue my fight to achieve peace in Ambon. I dedicate [the award] to all the mothers and children of Ambon who have inspired me and taught me innumerable lessons throughout my life," she told The Jakarta Post shortly after the award ceremony.

Born in 1974, Baihadjar has served as the coordinator of the Women and Children Empowerment Council (Lappan) in Ambon since 2002.

She also actively promotes peaceful conflict resolution, the prevention of violence and human rights issues in Maluku.


Question(s) related to this article:

Do women have a special role to play in the peace movement?,

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Latest reader comment:

The 30 articles in CPNN linked to this question make it clear that women indeed have a special role to play in the peace movement.  See the following for an historical explanation of why this is true.

This report was posted on November 10, 2012.