Savy Amira Or Sahabat Wanita, is a non-profit institution founded by several women activists, on November 25, 1997 with Notarial Deed Shinta Ameliawaty, SH No. 27/1997. From the variety of cases they entered, they developed into a crisis handling center for women victims of violence against women, especially domestic violence.
The idea of establishing this organization began with a Feminist Counseling training organized by SPeAK in July 1997 in West Java. Raquel Edralin Tiglao (late), founder of the Philippine Women's Crisis Center, as a coach built the spirit of the three Surabaya women participants in the training. The spirit to start an effort to provide assistance in the perspective of women to women victims of violence sparked a step to start small meetings that were open to anyone who had concerns about this issue. The Reboan meeting, because it is held every Wednesday, lasts up to 6 months with participants taking turns. The routine meeting, which was held at a friend's office, eventually resulted in an agreement to establish a women's crisis center,
The gradual development from year to year, both from the administrative and personnel side, occurs with the support of self-financing and community contributions. The service starts with opening a private telephone line of 5 members who work part time, allowing the availability of a 24-hour hotline. Their "office" starts from hitchhiking in one of the member's rooms. Since 1999, a new volunteer who has experience working in a Women's NGO outside Surabaya joined. Since then, work has begun to be more organized. Since then, volunteers have been growing slowly. Sympathy and support from individuals and philanthropic groups in Surabaya (al, Rotary Club) finally enabled them since 2001 to contract more representative houses for the secretariat and temporary safe houses.
Since 2002, networks with institutions that have similar concerns, especially in East Java, are increasingly strong. Case handling services are starting to be more organized and strengthened. Since 2005, they have increasingly become a reference place for psychological and legal assistance. The program of strengthening community support, through various media and forms, began to run better. Likewise training activities and involvement in policy advocacy at the East Java and National regions.
Along with that, the challenges are certainly getting bigger. The complexity of handling domestic violence cases is increasing with the changing conditions of the country's political and economic order and the world. Openness to cooperate and support each other is becoming increasingly absolute. Critical attitudes both in the organization and out to maintain the clarity of the direction of the movement, and continue to foster mutual trust to be able to cooperate and strengthen each other, increasingly axiomatic for every Savy Amira movement.
They view violence against women both outside and inside the household as basically a crime against humanity. Against a background of a system of values and beliefs that puts women in an unequal position on men's positions and a culture of violence that is increasingly strong in society, people often tolerate violence against women as "naturally experienced by someone because they are women". That is why various forms of violence that are actually violations of women's human rights are very little attention to be understood, prevented or handled systemically.
But they believe that "fairness" can and must be changed! They believe every obstacle to change towards a better condition is always accompanied by hidden opportunities waiting to be processed and done together smartly.
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