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.