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Public Talk “Finding Us Among I’s: Challenged Pluralism in Indonesia” by Alissa Wahid

18 February, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Like in other parts of the world, also Indonesia has seen a rise in populism and narrow nationalism based largely upon religious and ethnic identity, which has proven attractive to voters. The politicization of religion is affecting inter-faith and inter-ethnic relationships, fostering intolerance, promoting a conservative moralist discours, and leading to the stigmatization and scapegoating of minority groups like Christians, Chinese and also LGBTs.

Alissa Wahid, chairwoman of the GUSDURian Network Indonesia (GNI) will talk about this worrisome trends and possible responses on 18 February at SEA Junction. GNI hosts thousands of grassroots-level activists in more than 100 cities in Indonesia, working to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding, active citizenship, democracy and human rights, all values upheld by the late H. Abdurrahman Wahid – or Gus Dur, former President of Indonesia and leader of the Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Moslem social-organization in Indonesia.

Two events are being planned. The first is an informal chat with Alissa Wahid for the Indonesian community in Thailand and other interested parties who speak Indonesian language in the morning of 18 February at 11AM. This will be followed at about 12.30 by a simple Indonesian meal also to celebrate the “Unmentionable: Rohingya Refugees in Cox Bazaar” photo exhibition closing on the same day.

The second event on the same day at 5-6.30 PM is a public lecture by Alissa Wahid in English entitled “Finding Us Among I’s: Challenged Pluralism in Indonesia”. The lecture reflects on the threats posed by growing intolerance and religious populism to democracy and peace in Indonesia and ongoing efforts to safeguard the national spirit of “Unity in Diversity” in an increasingly fragmented country.

Source (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Profile Speaker

Alissa Qotrunnada Munawaroh Wahid, publicly known in Indonesia as Alissa Wahid, is a trained family psychologist, but is most recognised for her work in the social sector on multiculturalism, democracy and human rights and moderate Muslim movements in Indonesia. She currently focuses on leadership development for interreligious youth leaders. 

She is the National Director of Gusdurian Network Indonesia (GNI), named after her late father, President Abdurrahman Wahid who is also known as Gus Dur. She is also active in Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) as General Secretary of its Family Welfare Agency. In this role, she aims to promote just, strong, and moderate Muslim families.

Wahid meets with and speaks to thousands of people annually through public events. She is a Civil Society Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia, focusing on Goal 16: Peace, Good Governance and Access to Justice. She received Indonesia Shine-On Award in 2015 from Good Housekeeping Indonesia magazine. She was also awarded the Women Award 2016 from Indonesia Marketing Week.

Wahid dreams of a just and peaceful world. As a leader, she lives by the principle: ‘without integrity, no one listens; without trust, no one follows.’


NB: Events are free, but donations most welcome!

For information/reservation for our events please email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa: +66970024140

About SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia 

SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/


18 February, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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