Kamala Chandrakirana

Kamala is an Indonesian feminist and advocate for human rights, justice and democracy. She has just completed her term as a member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (2011-2017). From 1998 to 2009, she led Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence against Women, a mechanism for women’s human rights created by Presidential Decree.

Kamala is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace and Security, a co-founder of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and Pacific and a member of the largest regional feminist network, Asia Pacific Women Law and Development. In Indonesia, she coordinates a national network advocating for truth and justice for gross violations of human rights and supports local groups working on peacebuilding from the grassroots.

Kamala is a co-founder and board member of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. In Indonesia, she sits in governance bodies of Fahmina, a centre for gender justice and democracy within Islam, and Rahima, an NGO building capacity on women’s rights for women ulama. She is also in the core team that initiated the Indonesian Congress of Women Ulama (KUPI).