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Since her first year at the Faculty of Public Health, the University of Indonesia where she served as the chair of Adolescent Reproductive Health Forum, Bunga has since involved herself in the field of adolescent reproductive health. In 2012, Bunga joined Indonesian Student Alliance for Reproductive Health as head of public relations.

Her interest in adolescent reproductive health continued when in 2012, she became a reporter for Public Health Student Senate, working on the issue of reproductive health and health system in Indonesia. In 2013, Bunga co-founded and led a union of health promotion departments at the Faculty of Public Health, the University of Indonesia. She also advocated for the formation of the Association of Indonesian Public Health Promotors and Educators.

This graduate of Faculty of Public Health joined Women Research Institute in 2014 first as a field coordinator for WRI’s youth forum in Jakarta and then, in 2015; she joined WRI’s research team.***



Benita Nastami has studied gender and feminism since her undergraduate degree at the Department of Criminology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia. It was from there that Ninit, as she is usually called, began to develop an interest in gender and feminist issues as well as Penology and Human Rights studies, urging her to write on “The Vulnerability of Women Inmates to HIV Exposure in Lapas Klas IIA Bogor” for her undergraduate thesis.


After graduating from the Department of Criminology in 2011, Ninit joined the Center for Detention Studies (CDS) as a researcher. In CDS, Ninit was involved in their research project with the Directorate General of Correctional on “Quality Survey of Correctional Services”. Her interest in gender and penology was developed through workshops such as the feminist methodology workshop by Women Research Institute and the Information Technology Training by Brush Farm Corrective Service Academy in 2013. In February 2014, Ninit joined Women Research Institute as a Researcher.***


Executive Director


Her involvement in the women’s movement started in 1984 when she intensely participated in discussions on labor and land eviction issues. This later influenced the establishment of the women’s organization, Kalyanamitra in 1985, as Sita also became concern with gender awareness education. Sita is active both at the national and international scene, she was a member of Asia Pacific Women, Law and Development (1988-1996) and Global Fund for Women (1989-1996). Sita has been speaker as well as participant in various meetings, such as the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (1994) and the 1995 UN Women’s Conference in Beijing. In 1996-1997, Sita attained her Master’s degree on gender studies from The London School of Economic and Social Science, England. When she returned to Indonesia in 1997, along with a number of colleagues, Sita established INSIST (Institute for Transformative Social Sciences) in Yogyakarta.

Program Director


Edriana has been active in the women’s movement since 1986, where she began participating in study groups during the time when these groups were popular in universities. She first established a women’s group with four women colleagues in 1989, called Kelompok Kebangkitan Perempuan Indonesia which was subsequently changed to Yayasan Perempuan Mardika.

At the beginning of the reformation period, Edriana co-founded the Indonesian Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy. For the past two years, Edrinana is active as a gender consultant for various international and multi-lateral organizations, such as Yayasan Tifa, UNDP’s Partnership, and ILO. She was also a gender specialist for Hickling, a Canadian consultant institute which assisted the Indonesian government in formulating programs to eliminate poverty, using a pro women perspective.



After she was graduated from college in 1989, Dewi working on insurance company as a marketing staff. Then in 1992-1994 she worked at consultant company as administrative staff.

In 1996 Dewi started working with Women Legal Aid in Padang, West Sumatra, as a lawyer assistant. Afterwards in 2003, she switched to work with a food business company in the financial section.

Started February 2006, she has been working in Women Research Institute.***

Latest Publication

  • Women’s Leadership Training Module

    The Women’s Leadership Training Module is a guidebook based on a series of capacity building for women’s leadership held by Women Research Institute (WRI) in five selected areas, namely Padang, Deli Serdang, Mataram, Pekanbaru, and Jakarta. This is a follow-up from WRI’s 2012 research titled “Feminist Leaderships in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia in Influencing Social Movements and Its Correlation to the Improvement of Women’s Prosperity: A Case Study in 5 Regions.”  The research findings...

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