Unfortunately, violence against women is a common problem in Papua. Especially in deprived areas of Merauke, because people live very close together and frustrations can rise considerably. This has been the reason for mama Yosefa to leave the Asmaro neighborhood and live with her family further down the city. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop her from continuing to follow the sewing course. She comes to class by foot, quite a distance! Thanks to the sewing course, mama Yosefa will be less dependent on others for her own income and safety in the future.

This story is part of a series that introduces you to six Asmat women who take a sewing class in Merauke. The initiator is Edo Mote, who has set up various projects for the Asmat community in deprived areas with his foundation Papua Mandiri 2050. 

Mama Yosefa - sewing class | Hapin

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SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS

Edo Mote is no stranger to Hapin. In the past he received a scholarship and since then we have been supporting Edo with various projects for the Asmat community in Merauke.

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Mama Katarina - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MAMA KATARINA

Mama Katarina is the oldest woman in the sewing class. She is part of the first generation of Asmatters who moved to Merauke in the ‘80s, looking for work and a better future.
Tedora - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET TEDORA

Tedora is a young and energetic woman. She and her husband are the community’s pioneers in money management.
Mama Kornelia - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MAMA KORNELIA

You will rarely see mama Kornelia (photo: left) without a smile on her face. This cheerful and intelligent woman brings a lot of energy in the sewing class group.
Maria - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MARIA

Maria, now 20 years old, married at a young age. For many young girls, self-protection is an important reason to get engaged early.
Ursula - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET URSULA

Ursula is the youngest in the sewing class. She has just completed her SMP (similar to junior high school).
2021-09-09T14:54:02+02:0015 July 2021|News|

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