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Maria Damairia Pakpahan
Maria Damairia Pakpahan is a Gender and Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant working for Circle Indonesia (Cooperative for Civil Society Resources Development) since 2007. Previously she worked for Oxfam GB as a Gender Officer and has also worked as an adviser on USAID projects. In 1998, Ms. Pakpahan co-founded the Indonesia Women Coalition for Justice and Democracy, which today boasts a membership base of 29,000 people from all over Indonesia. Since 2009 she has held the position of National Presidium (legislator) in this organization, a role she will remain in until 2014. Ms. Pakpahan trained as an anthropologist at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, and previously studied Political Science at Monash University, Australia. She has been published on a wide range of gender topics and has similar facilitated various trainings programmes on gender and women’s issues.