After getting involved with women’s rights activism at university, Ruby Khalifah has been a trailblazer in her community in Indonesia.
Her increased understanding of the systemic and structural issues faced by rape victims and women affected by abuse and violence motivated her to be a voice for the voiceless.
After her experience with activism at university, Ruby began working with the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN). AMAN is an organisation working for the development of leadership skills for women, organising communities and advocacy, and campaigning for improved rights for minority groups; it is a grassroots network that advocates for progression in the interfaith community.
Ruby then achieved a Master’s Degree in Health and Social Sciences, and initiated the women’s school for peace, which is AMAN’s flagship programme, in which “women will gain knowledge and skills in gender perspectives, peacebuilding, conflict analysis, the role of women in peace through global experiences, interfaith perspectives on peace, community organizing, and advocacy.” This model of peace education has spread to 20 communities in seven provinces.
Ruby has continued to work for AMAN as the Country Representative for Indonesia, and has gained the Asia Development Fellow award in 2014, and was listed as 23rd of the most inspiring women by Salt Magazine in 2015.