Regional Program Southeast Asia


Indonesia is not only the most populous Muslim country on Earth, but also the third biggest democracy across the globe with its roughly 190 million registered voters. Many observers are impressed by the democratic progress of Indonesia after 1998, the fall of autocrat Suharto. Additional proof for this is the election of the President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, in the autumn of 2014. The economic growth in Indonesia led to a reduction of poverty, from 24% in 1999 to 11.4% in 2013. This trend has unfortunately attenuated during recent years. In the face of ongoing economic growth in 2013 the poverty rate has fallen by only 0.5%. There is an absence of concepts due to it is guaranteed that major clusters of the society can benefit from this impressive economic growth.

AWO International cooperates with two organizations in Indonesia fighting sexual violence. The organizations are Rifka Annisa and Mitra Wacana, both with headquarters in Yogyakarta, on the island of Java. The project area is Gunung Kidul, south of Yogyakarta. In the Gunung Kidul area cases of sexual violence frequently happen in the context of internships, related to the vocational education of young girls. Thus the target group includes schoolgirls and female students in four vocational schools as well as the residents of the villages in neighbourhoods. The respective village- and local governments are included in the educational work. The organization Mitra Wacana works in four villages of the region Banjarnegara, in the province of Central-Java. Banjarnegara is a very remote area so state protection systems hardly exist. The solitude of the region makes it to a focal point in the statistics for domestic sexual violence as well as for sexual violence in the public sphere. Social protective systems in both regions (Gunung Kidul and Banjarnegara) are suffering from heavy migration.


Despite the longstanding attempts of various Philippine governments to fight poverty, sustainable successes are lacking. About one fifth to one fourth of the ca. 100 Million Filipinos live today in absolute poverty. Through higher tax revenue, and as a result of fighting tax evasion, the Philippine fiscal deficit shall be continuously reduced.

Human trafficking, especially of children and young women is one of the biggest social problems in the Philippines. Particularly young women in rural regions are in danger of becoming victims of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in urban areas. The island Mindanao – as an operational project-area of AWO International – with broad rural areas and the city of Davao is both a push- and a pull-area for human trafficking. Child trafficking is closely connected to the problem of child labour.

AWO International maintains three partner projects in the Philippines. The partner organisation Kaugmaon focuses on fighting exploitative child labour. The partner organisation Child Alert Mindanao is fighting child trafficking in the region of Davao del Norte. The region borders Davao City directly. The third Philippine organisation is Talikala. It concentrates on abolishing human trafficking, especially that of young girls and women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Projectpartners of AWO International in Indonesia:


Projectpartners of AWO International in the Philippines: