Encouraging girls to stay in school
Ning and Sukaesih encourage girls to stay in school so that they can remain financially independent, knowing that poverty is one of the biggest reasons girls stay at home. They encourage women to access government services by collecting and sharing data about the women in their community with the local government. “We’re working with the Social Security
Administrator and Social Department to access the government scheme, especially national health insurance to ensure women get the right support,” says Ning. “So far, 40 women have received support through this scheme.”
The women’s group is also involved in district development planning, coming to planning meetings with their community-generated data on the number of women benefiting from social protection programmes, so that they can verify and validate their data against the data collected by the government.