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Ibu Nurhotmahsari, Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia

“The women should get some credit for our work. We have been fighting from the beginning…We hope this conflict will be over soon. We want to be happy, have peace of mind and not be afraid. We just want to live and die here. We will fight on and never back down. We must fight even to the bitter end. What else are we supposed to do? We have already moved forward, why should we go back? It’s like spitting, would you lick what you have spit out? We must continue until our land is free…until we regain our rights.”


Women are active in the resistance to pulp and paper companies’ land-grabbing. They play critical roles in the community’s decision making, the farming of reclaimed land, and in community healing.

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