Women and advocacy: study of the Ahmadiyya community in Tasikmalaya

Inasshabihah Inasshabihah


This paper expresses the contribution of Ahmadi women in Tasikmalaya District, West Java, Indonesia, in the advocacy efforts both internally and externally. Ahmadi in several villages experienced discrimination and had difficulty to access government services such as making marriage certificates and mosque sealing. There are some internal issues in the community that potentially hampered the advocacy. For this reason, internal advocacy need to be done to strengthen the capacity of Ahmadi and execute the external advocacy to demanding their rights as citizens. In the advocacy process, Ahmadi were accompanied by Lakpesdam NU who used advocacy based on the Social Inclusion Approach and Peradi DPC with the Rights Approach perspective. This research shows that, 1) the experience of being a victim of intolerance is able to transform women from objects into subjects of advocacy and play a role in advocating for themselves and their groups, and 2) internal advocacy is important to provide legal understanding to survivors to increase the awareness of Rights within groups. Therefore, women can contribute positively to the ongoing advocacy works.


Women's advocacy; Jemaat Ahmadiyah Indonesia; Religion advocacy

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18326/ijtihad.v20i2.%25p


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