Inna Hudaya was born pushing herself in everything she does in life – always looking for the next challenge and life-changing experience. A feminist, social-entrepreneur, advocates and traveler. Inna is an avid traveler and adventurer; she has visited 35 countries, quirkyalone, loves walking around anonymously and wondering herself as James Bond during her travels. However, she marks activism as for her most epic adventure yet.
Inna Hudaya was born in and grew up in a fundamentalist family in Tasikmalaya, West Java. She spent her early education in a religious and homogenous environment. While she believes that religion should bring her peace and love, she witnessing that people around her mistreated women and shows hatred toward others. She always questioning about pluralism and her freedom, because everything which has been happening in the family, was her family decision, including her education.
Inna Hudaya walked out of her hometown with one thought in her mind: How can I never go back? How can I make a difference? In 2000, a few days after her final exam, she jumped on a bus for Yogyakarta.
Inna’s career began in 2007 when she was 26, four years after her abortion. She had an unplanned pregnancy in the age of 22 when she studied in medical school. As a religious girl, sharing and being open is not her option. She knew that instead of getting the support she needed, she will face stigma and discrimination from her family and environment. She decided to have an abortion. Unfortunately, she couldn’t afford to have an abortion at the clinic. Her friends took her to have a clandestine abortion. She had post-psychosomatic trauma after the abortion, that forced her to give up her study and focus on recovering by seeing psychiatry and having the treatment that made her broke and had a debt.
However, after being open and got her mother support, Inna found her strength back. At the same time, she read an article that there are 2 million abortions a year in Indonesia. She was wondering what if 50% of them had a trauma just like she had before, the feeling to give up and die. Those women did not have a place to share the feeling. She started to write her story on her blog. She talked about her process of recovery and disseminate information on safe abortion. She got lots of reactions from women who experience the same thing.
She understood the power of the technology and internet to deliver short forms and informative content for abortion counseling, in 2007 Inna launch a safe abortion hotline, what began as an experiment to see if one person could use the information and counseling service to help themselves, fueled only by social media, propelled the creation of Samsara, a non-profit organization dedicated for all women with unwanted pregnancy to ensure they will receive counselling and support they needed.
Today she develop more programs, not only to deliver pre and post abortion counseling but also educational and advocacy program for sexuality and reproductive health and rights. She believe that the aim of all this hard work is to give back the power in the hand of women. Reclaim the rights of women’s body autonomy.