Maria, now 20 years old, married at a young age. For many young girls, self-protection is an important reason to get engaged early. If a young girl does not yet have a husband, she is at risk of becoming a victim of sexual violence and/or abuse. Seeking protection from an (older) spouse is sometimes the only solution. Maria follows the sewing class, with consent of her husband, and does not miss a lesson. According to the trainer, Maria is a student with a lot of potential, who will qualify for her own business after the course.
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.