Category Archive: Published Articles

In the ashes of Australia’s bushfires, town of Kangaroo Valley pulls together to rebuild

Katrina Endean spent the past 13 years working to build her catering business in Kangaroo Valley, a popular tourist town on Australia’s eastern coast. But in just one day, it all went up in flames.

Uncovering the Bigger Picture of Violence Against Women in Indonesia

  Ruth* was in her 30s when her husband first started physically and sexually assaulting her. As the domestic abuse continued over the years, the mother-of-two tried but failed to get help.  She… Continue reading

Youth Leader Calls for Better Access to Family Planning Services

When Anggraini Sariastuti was 17 years old, she received her first marriage proposal.   It wasn’t from her boyfriend – who seven years later is now her husband – but it was from his… Continue reading

Protecting the Health Rights of Women and Girls in Emergencies

Lismiyatun was 35 weeks pregnant with her third child when Central Java’s Mount Merapi erupted in late October 2010. Living just six kilometres from the crater, a 27-year-old Lismiyatun and her family had… Continue reading

Protecting the Most Vulnerable, Ensuring Reproductive Health Needs Are Not Neglected

  “How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach. Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand. “Five months,” repeats the… Continue reading

From Tsunami Victim to Midwife Hero

The morning of 26 December, 2004, started out like any other regular Sunday for Nur Asiah. The mother-of-two was up early completing her chores, washing clothes in the outside bathroom of her parent-in-law’s… Continue reading

Indonesia Still a Long Way from Closing the Wealth Gap

Every afternoon, Wahyu sets up his wooden food cart by the side of a busy road in Central Jakarta to sell sweet buns, known as ‘bakpao’, to people passing by. In a good… Continue reading

Indonesian President Unyielding on Death Penalty

When Indonesia’s law and human rights minister visited one of the country’s prisons in December last year, he met a Nigerian convict on death row for drug trafficking, who performed songs for him… Continue reading

Past, Present and Future

In honour of our fifth birthday, we took a dip into our archives to talk to three influential Indonesians who have previously graced The Peak – Anies Baswedan, Tigor Siahaan and Irwan Danny… Continue reading

Life at Sea

As superyachts slowly become a must-have item for Indonesia’s elite the question remains whether the country’s industry is up to the task. Yachting off to an exotic location for a relaxing, and of… Continue reading

Jokowi’s Army of Volunteers Not Letting Go of Their Cause

He attracted dedicated volunteers from across the country during his campaign, and now President-elect Joko Widodo is calling on his band of supporters to act as a watchdog once his policies roll out.

Down Under, Joko Hailed as New President

As Indonesians anxiously await official results of the presidential vote, to be released on July 22, Indonesian citizens in Australia were celebrating an early victory and welcoming the prospect of a stronger partnership… Continue reading

Indonesian Youth Vote for Their Future

In an election that’s expected in many ways to be largely defined by the younger population, Indonesia’s youth headed to the polls this morning to vote for their future. Thirty percent of the… Continue reading

Capturing a Hidden Talent

When he’s not managing properties, Hartono Hosea is unintentionally making a name for himself behind the lens. Type in Hartono Hosea’s name in a search engine online and it’s not his executive positions… Continue reading

Indonesia’s Presidential Hopefuls Face Up to Deforestation

As the world’s third-largest democracy heads to the polls next week to elect a new president, environmental activists remain sceptical of the candidates’ commitment to tackle climate change. Over four televised debates, Indonesia’s… Continue reading

Wary of Climate Change, Indonesia Looks to Lawmakers for Solutions

JAKARTA, May 27 2014 (IPS) – Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world’s third leading emitter of greenhouse… Continue reading

An Unexpected Path

Sutanto Hartono never envisioned that he would find success working within creative industries, but a change of heart early on in his career saw the president director of Elang Mahkota Teknologi take a… Continue reading

Abbott a Hit, Barely, With Business Leaders

While the country’s leading business lobby welcomed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s call on Tuesday to boost economic ties, some local business leaders voiced concerns over the conservative leader’s narrow approach to bilateral… Continue reading

A Call on Australia for Asylum-Seekers’ Human Rights

Indonesian leaders and rights groups have criticized Australia’s policy on asylum-seekers, citing its disregard for human rights and ineffective unilateral approach ahead of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono… Continue reading

Indie Designer Kleting Fills Indonesian Fashion Gap

When fashion designer Kleting Titis Wigati launched her own clothing label in 2009 she had one goal in mind — to fill a gap in Indonesian independent fashion. After studying at Esmod Jakarta… Continue reading

Religious Intolerance Taints Award for Indonesian President

JAKARTA/NEW YORK, May 31 2013 (IPS) – Standing in front of the two-metre concrete wall, barbed wire and corrugated iron fence that surrounds his mosque, Muhammad Iqbal says he feels like a second-class… Continue reading

The Tales Inside a Woman’s Bag

Sandra Siagian It’s not uncommon for artists to find inspiration where they least expect it. This was the case for French photographer Pierre Klein, who stumbled across an idea for a project after… Continue reading

West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan: Little Intolerance Here

Sandra Siagian While Indonesia grapples with the a rise in acts of violence against religious minorities across the country, several rights groups have pointed to West Java as a significant hotspot for intolerance.… Continue reading

Religious Minorities Band Together for Tolerance

Sandra Siagian & Rebecca Lake So often the victims of intolerance in Indonesia, Christians, Ahmadiyah and Shia Muslims on Monday marched together in Central Jakarta to urge the government to take a stand… Continue reading

Batak Church Demolished by Bekasi Government

Camelia Pasandaran, Jonathan G. Vit & Sandra Siagian The congregation of Bekasi’s beleaguered HKBP Taman Sari church huddled close, forming a barrier between their church and the idling bulldozer sent to demolish their… Continue reading

Indonesia Church Officials Face Violence, Jail Time for Conducting Services

Rebecca Lake, Sandra Siagian & Abdul Qowi Bastian  The wife of a church minister who was jailed two weeks ago for allegedly conducting a service without a permit also faces arrest for defying… Continue reading

Emo Philips’ Falsetto Laughs Ring True

Sandra Siagian Emo Philips has definitely made his mark in the world of comedy. The 56-year-old entertainer, known for delivering clever one-liners in a falsetto-style tone, has enjoyed a career making people laugh… Continue reading

Wolverine’s star appeal at Kurnell

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   HOLLYWOOD came to Sutherland Shire last week when production for Hugh Jackman’s flick The Wolverine moved to Kurnell.Bonna Point Reserve was transformed into a Japanese prisoner of war camp… Continue reading

Local sailors set course for the Middle East

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN SEAMAN Mathew Rauicava, 27, of Caringbah, was one of 192 sailors on board HMAS Anzac, which set off on a six-month mission to the Middle East last Saturday. The communications… Continue reading

Actress feels good about Underbelly: Badness debut

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN SHE can’t reveal her character but believes most people will be surprised by her transformation when she appears on Channel Nine’s crime drama Underbelly: Badness later this year.Zara Michales, 22,… Continue reading