Occupying the Ordinary: Human Rights in the Remaking of Everyday Life
17 October 2018 10:05-11:30
Kamala Chandrakirana is an Indonesian feminist and advocate for human rights, justice, and democracy.She led Indonesia’s national Commission on violence against women, as Secretary general (1998- 200) and Chairperson (200-2009). In November 2017, she completed 6.5 years as a mandate holder in the UN Human Rights Council’s working group on discrimination against women in law and practice. For Asia and the Pacific, she is cofounder of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and Pacific and the Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace and Security. With feminist Muslims, she co-founded Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, and co-initiated Indonesia’s national Congress of Women Ulama (KUPI). Kamala served twice on ad hoc presidential task forces to address migrant workers on death row abroad (2011) and to investigate the death of Munir, a human rights defender (2005). At Indonesia for Humanity, a human rights fund and women’s fund, she is Chair of the Board of Directors. In ELSAM, Indonesia’s human rights think tank, she is the Board’s Vice Chair. Currently, she coordinates a national coalition (KKPK) of 50+ human rights organizations and victim/survivor groups advocating for truth and justice for past human rights violations.