The Jakarta-based Women’s Health Foundation (Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan, or YKP) has worked with the government, health workers, and the public to promote women’s health and rights since 2001.

YKP has been working passionately to build support for a national health law which ensures women and girls’ access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including access to safe abortion. On September 14, 2009, a new Indonesian Health Law passed that expanded the legal recognition for reproductive health services. Previously, abortion was largely illegal and this law states that abortion can now be provided in some circumstances, including cases of rape or when the life of the woman or her fetus is threatened.


2014 Gala Remarks by Ninuk Widyantoro

  • July 9, 2014

Thank you. This award is very special to me. Joan Dunlop and Adrienne Germaine taught me what I know about feminist activism and women’s rights. Joan was very serious about fighting for women’s health and their rights. But what I remember most is how humorous she was, full of energy, always joking and laughing. I…

Ninuk Widyantoro, Co-Founder of YKP Women’s Health Foundation

  • March 27, 2013

Ninuk Widyantoro was one of 11 people who founded the YKP Women’s Health Foundation in Indonesia in 2001. The founders established the organization to pursue legal protections for women’s reproductive rights and health, especially safe abortion, and to empower their communities to stand up for their rights. Prior to her involvement with YKP, Ninuk had…

Gaining Better Access to Abortion in Indonesia

At the same time that the United States is embroiled in a political battle about whether abortion would be covered by health insurance under the Stupak Amendment, a little-known victory on abortion rights has been under-way in Indonesia that has the potential to change the lives of millions…