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Most NTB women still treated unfairly in family life

23rd February 2010 | 504 Views
Mataram (ANTARA News) - Most West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) women, especially in remote areas, are still unaware of their rights as housewives, and the condition is concerning, a local family welfare activist said.

Fauzah Djufri, chairwoman of the NTB`s Family Welfare Education Department (PKK)`s Working Group, said here Monday most women in the province were in a weak position in the family and had no choice but accept their husbands` treatment even if it could be categorized as domestic violence.

Many of the women were also being used as "capital" by their husbands who send them to work abroad as migrant workers as house maids in Saudi Arabia and use their wives` monthly income to buy, for isntance, a new motorcycle, and even to get married to another woman.

"There are also women who are divorced by their husband after working abroad as migrant workers with all the money they have sent home spent on the husbands` needs. They are often defenseless against their husbands` unfair treatment," Fauzah said.
All this was happening because NTB women were unaware of their rights as housewives, and therefore they needed to be given the knowledge and courage to take actions if they receive unfair treatment from their husbands.

In an effort to improve the quality of NTB`s female human resources, the PKK was providing local women with advocacy services and trainings, especially in some target villages.

"We have given legal education to female migrant workers in cooperation with the Law and Human Rights Ministry in order to enhance their understanding, especially regarding their rights and legal obligations so that when they receive unfair treatments, they can take action according to the existing laws," she said.

Besides, NTB PKK members also train other district and village members to be able to serve as preachers assigned to counsel and assist women in rural and urban villages about how to build a better life and understand their rights as wives.

"In this way, we expect women, especially in the villages, to become smarter, and not to submit meekly to unfair treatment from their husbands," she said. (*)