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Kamala Chandrakirana visit

To honour the 13th anniversary of the UN Security Resolution 1325 in 2000, the ANU Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, supported by a grant from the ANU Gender Institute will host a visit by Indonesian expert Kamala Chandrakirana.

Kamala will be delivering a keynote lecture and an ECR workshop, holding a briefing about her UN Human Rights Council role, and holding meetings with DFAT/AusAID, the Indonesian Students Association and ANU Indonesian researchers.

Kamala Chandrakirana is an Indonesian advocate of human rights, justice and democracy. During the conflict-ridden times of 2003-2009 in Indonesia, she was chairperson of Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence against Women, a unique national mechanism for women’s human rights established by Presidential Decree. Under her leadership, the Commission documented violations of women's human rights in several contexts, including in Aceh, Papua, Poso (Central Sulawesi), the rapes of May 1998 and the pogrom of 1965. Currently, she is an independent expert in the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures mechanism, on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, as well as a member of ESCAP-UN Women’s Asia Pacific Regional Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. She is also a long-time activist in regional and global civil society groups, including as a member of the Asia Pacific Women Law and Development (APWLD), one of the largest network of women’s rights advocates in the region; a resource person for the Southeast Asian Women’s Caucus on ASEAN; and one of the founders of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.

In Indonesia, Kamala has been appointed twice to ad hoc Presidential task forces, for addressing Indonesian migrant workers on death row abroad (2011) and for investigating the death of a prominent human rights defender, Munir (2005). Currently, she is the coordinator of a national coalition of 50 plus NGOs and individuals advocating for truth and justice for past gross human rights violations (KKPK) and is in the governance structures of various civil society organizations, such as the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW), a leading anti-corruption advocate; ELSAM, a human rights think-tank; Syarikat Indonesia, a network of progressive Muslim activists pursuing grassroots cultural reconciliation to address past human rights violations; the Indonesian Institute for Social History (ISSI), situating past gross human rights violations as part of historical inquiry; Rahima, an education center on women’s rights within Islam; Fahmina, a Cirebon-based advocacy NGO founded by pesantren-based theologian-activists; and, Indonesia for Humanity, an NGO focused on public fund-raising and grant-making to support community empowerment.

UN Human Rights Council Briefing – discrimination against women in law and in practice -  Tuesday 5 November 10am Kamala has offered to speak to ANU researchers and NGOs about her role independent expert in the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures mechanism, on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. http://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/women/wgwomen/pages/wgwomenindex.aspx

Kamala is representing the whole Asia Pacific region. She says ‘The mandate is very huge and in many ways vague, but this is what we have to work with. I would very much welcome a discussion with anyone who is interested in building some kind of a repository of knowledge on the region's achievements, challenges, and good practices, following the thematic focus on the WG: political and public life (2012), economic and social life (2013), family and cultural life (2014), health and safety (2015).

For further details on the visit, contact: Susan Harris-Rimmer on 6125 2177, or Sri Wahyuningroem on 6125 7012

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute