Feminist Agency in an Age of Islamic Revival
This chapter examines women in a feminist NGO, Solidaritas Perempuan. Solidaritas Perempuan advocates for the rights of women who migrate overseas to work as domestics, and also aims to build a broader women’s rights movement in Indonesia. SP is the only group in this study that does not make religious arguments in its activism, though some of its staff members are pious Muslims. Influenced by diverse feminist and socialist thinkers, activists develop an inclusive feeinist agency as they adapt transnational discourses, especially human rights, to press their claims for economic justice and gender equality. Unlike some feminists, SP’s feminist agency incorporates Islamic piety. Staff deploy their Islamic identities and appeal to local histories and cultures to legitimize their call for equality. The example of SP demonstrates that feminist activism can coexist with Islam.
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