Every year on the 21st of April, we commemorate the birth in 1879 of Raden Ajeng Kartini, one of the country’s national heroes and a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women.
Lady Kartini, the daughter of a Javanese nobleman who worked for the Dutch colonial administration, was exposed to Western ideas when she attended a Dutch school.
When she had to withdraw from school because of noble birth, she corresponded with her friends telling of her concern for the restricted lives of Indonesian women. She got married in 1903 and began a fight for the right of women to be educated.
She died in 1904 at the age of 25. Her letters were published in 1911 under the title, Door duisternis tot licht (“Through Darkness into Light”), and created support for the Kartini Foundation, which opened the first girls’ school in Java in 1916.
Today, Kartini’s eagerness to reclaim her power has constructed a greater imagination for Indonesian women. It does not only allow Indonesian women to be educated but also gender equality at work this day. Let’s visit our website and get to know our millennial Kartini at Arogya.ai