In Indonesia, the 2005 Peace Agreement ended conflicts between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement, one year after the destructive 2004 tsunami. Aceh as a disaster-prone area in Indonesia with high disaster risk potential and it is an important concern of this initiative, where the existence of marginal women is hardly considered by the local government. In this aftermath, women have faced significant social and economic difficulties while attempting to rebuild their livelihoods.
With financial assistance from N-Peace, Natural Aceh proposes an initiative designed to increase the presence and involvement of marginalised women (especially those with disabilities, of low socio-economic background, indigenous groups, or those affected by conflict and natural disasters) in government policy, and advocate for women’s rights in emergency situations.
The organization aims to coordinate workshops between Aceh women’s organizations to better protect their rights and improve their standard of living. It also seeks to cooperate with and persuade government officials to increase women’s representation in the government, by appointing women from marginalized groups to government positions. Furthermore, Natural Aceh will encourage the adoption of inclusive government regulations.