National Coordinator of PEKKA (Women-headed Household Empowerment)
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Nani Zulminarni is national coordinator of PEKKA, or Women-Headed Households Empowerment Program. Together with the National Commission on Violence Against Women (KOMNAS Perempuan) and The Center for Women’s Resources Development (PPSW), Ms. Zulminarni began PEKKA in 2001. The organization works with 430 grassroots’ organizations of poor women head of households in Indonesia. The focus is to empower and build collective power of the women head of households to gain better life, justice and dignity. Ms. Zulminarni began working in the field of women’s empowerment in 1987 when she joined PPSW. From 1995 to 2001, she served as the Executive Director, and since then has sat on the advisory board. In 1994, Ms. Zulminarni and several NGO activists established a national network for NGOs called ASPPUK which brings together organizations that work with women in micro-business. She was elected chairperson for two terms between 1995 and 2001. Ms. Zulminarni is involved in several regional networks. She has been the chairperson of the South East Asia Popular Communication Program (SEAPCP), a regional network of organizations working on community organizing using popular communication approach. She served as the executive committee member of the Asia South Pacific Bureau for Adult Education (ASPBAE), a regional network focusing on adult education for empowerment. She is also the co-director of JASS South East Asia, a global network of women activists and community organizers who work for women’s empowerment and advocacy. Ms. Zulminarni received an Ashoka Fellowship in 2007 for her work with PEKKA.