For over 14 years, PEKKA, an Indonesian civil society organisation that supports women heads of household, has changed the way women are considered and the public services that they are able to access for themselves and their children. PEKKA members are amongst the poorest of the poor with almost half (49%) of PEKKA households represented in the poorest 20% of Indonesian society with an income close to the Indonesian poverty line of Rp 270,000 (AUD27) per person per month. PEKKA’s programs include the following:
Education: PEKKA runs adult literacy programmes that support the parents as well as early childhood education programmes.
Womens’ Leadership: PEKKA Education Scholarships will support young women who aspire to hold leadership positions in their community.
PEKKA Community Centres: In NTB and NTT there are 6 PEKKA centres where PEKKA has bought the land and built the centre as a place where women can come and participate in all of PEKKA’s programmes.
Access to justice: Over the last five years, PEKKA paralegals have supported more than 65,000 children to receive birth certificates. A birth certificate is a formal requirement for registration at school, sitting the national examination and for entry into university.
Strategies to overcome child marriage: Across Indonesia, 19 out of every 100 girls living in poor households are married at 17 years of age or younger. 18 of these 19 girls do not have a birth certificate. Almost none (1/1000) of these girls will complete 12 years of education. PEKKA Education Scholarships aim to provide girls and boys from poor households with the opportunity to complete 12 years of education and progress to tertiary education if possible.
Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods: PEKKA programmes build independence and skills that increase women’s income and their ability to support their children in obtaining secondary and tertiary education.