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Kamala Chandrakirana


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Kamala Chandrakirana, Indonesian advocate for human rights, justice, and democracy, has been a member of the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice since 2011. She chaired Indonesia’s Presidential National Commission on Violence against Women from 2003 to 2009. Her national and international roles include involvement in ESCAP-UN Women’s Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Group on Women, Peace and Security and Asia Pacific Women Law and Development. She was a founder of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Chandrakirana served twice on ad hoc Indonesian presidential task forces: to address Indonesian migrant workers on death row abroad (2011) and to investigate the death of Munir, a prominent human rights defender (2005). She coordinates a national coalition of 50+ NGOs and individuals advocating for truth and justice for past human rights violations and is part of the governance structures of several civil society organizations. Chandrakirana is a Yale World Fellow.