About.

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.

PERSONAL IS POLITICAL

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.

Experience

Experience.

Inna is the Founder of Samsara, a feminist organisation based in Indonesia that promotes body autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights. She started her work in 2007 by set up a website and a helpline for women seeking abortion information and services. With 12 years of experience working in the sexual and reproductive health field, she works directly with young people and women at the grassroots level. This has given her firsthand experience with the existing system, enabling her to gradually challenge the status quo by giving back power to women. Currently, she work internationally with grassroot communities, NGO’s and researcher in training and documenting self-manage abortion in restricted setting. Her ambition is to set the golden standard for self-manage abortion aside from current clinical setting and evidence.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Columbia University 2017 | Human Rights Advocates Program
Indonesia Islamic University 2001- 2004 | Medical studies
Indonesia Islamic University 2000- 2001 | Law

RESEARCH WORKS.

Expertise

EXPERTISE.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS MATTERS.

We can not achieve equality without women’s bodily autonomy and integrity
01. MEDICAL ABORTION.

Pre and post abortion counseling through online platform. Set up database on medical abortion outside clinical setting, and conduct research on self-managed abortion.

02. SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH.

Trainer and facilitators for SRHR. Including to set up SRHR school, Satellite Workshop to rural areas and Midwives Training in East Indonesia.

03. HUMAN RIGHTS.

Advocating for reproductive rights at the national and international level.

04. NGO’s.

As former Director of Samsara, she is responsible for program development, monitoring and evaluation.

Skill

Skills.

CARING & COMPASSION DRIVEN.

COUNSELING 85%
RESEARCH 90%
PROGRAM MONITORING AND EVALUATION 78%
CAPACITY BUILDING 93%
SOCIAL MEDIA 85%
PUBLIC SPEAKING 94%
GRANT WRITING 94%
COMMUNITY OUTREACH 94%
Media

Media

LEARN MORE ABOUT HER WORKS

“Should Women Perform Their Own Abortions?”

COSMOPOLITAN

“Illegal, but they’re everywhere’: How women help other women get abortions”

RAPPLER

“Indonesia: Islam’s Abortion Debate”

PULLITZER CENTER

“Ignorance that kills”

INSIDE INDONESIA

GET IN TOUCH

Contact.

LET’S TALK.

Email her at feminist@protonmail.ch