Publication Date: October 31, 2023

Total Pages: 6

Organization: UN Women

Languages: English

Country/Region: Asia Pacific, Indonesia

Topic Area: Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Year: 2023

Resource Type: Briefs


This document summarizes the results of a legal needs survey of women with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia, and provides recommendations on how to improve the justice journeys of these women.

The legal needs survey asked women with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities about everyday legal problems they may be facing and how they resolved these problems – including whether their legal decisions are respected by legal professionals and other actors in their lives, such as family and
community members.

In total, 95 responses were received from Indonesia: 72 respondents identified as having a psychosocial disability, and 20 respondents identified as having an intellectual disability. Three respondents identified as having both a psychosocial disability and an intellectual disability. Respondents in Indonesia predominantly identified legal problems relating to: Violence (20 per cent), Education (13 per cent) and Family (9 per cent). Examples of problems faced include domestic violence, forced psychiatric treatment by family members, custody battles, being locked in a room by family members, and being unable to attend school or achieve the desired level of education.

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