Partner Profile:

Purple Code Collective


What I See

In Indonesia, there is a rise of conservatism, and it is having a huge impact on women’s rights.

Conservative groups are using the Koran to spread misinformation about women and gender equity, and we want to change that.

We have created a feminist movement to empower young girls and women to tackle online gender-based violence and gender misinformation. We provide the skills and confidence needed to speak freely and safely online (and in real life).

There are many collaborative spaces in Indonesia for people to go and learn about computer coding, activism and technology – however, most of these spaces are dominated by men.

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This means many women and non-binary persons are often intimated to participate.

Purple Code Collective recognizes the urgent need for women, girls and non-binary persons to have a safe space where they can have their voices heard.

Purple Code is a physical space where we teach Internet technology classes including coding classes for girls, feminist internet topics, and other feminist and social justice topics.

It is also a physical space where girls, women and non-binary persons can come and find community and comfort. Together, we are creating a global movement for a feminist internet.

What I’m Proud Of

Purple Code Collective is first in Indonesia to really address the concept of a feminist Internet.

We have created a safe and brave space for girls, women, and non-binary persons to gather and have access to one of-a-kind Internet technology trainings, as well as a nurturing community.

We take complex issues such as human rights, feminism, technology, art, social justice, and patriarchy and combine them into a broader discussion that is approachable for everyone to participate in.

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We have a holistic approach to addressing gender-based violence and we actively address it in four major angles: legal, technical, social, and psychological.

I Feel Happy When

Here is an example of a story that makes us happy: Just about the time that Purple Code was opening, Dhyta, the founder of Purple Code, was contacted by a woman who was a victim of severe domestic violence.

Dhyta was able to take the woman to the human rights commissions to help her learn about her rights. She also got her to a psychologist to help her heal from the trauma of her extreme abuse.

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Dhyta invited the woman to be part of the Purple Code collective, and she became very involved in the community.

Dhyta watched as the woman regained her confidence and became part of a community of activists. And she saw the woman regain purpose and happiness.

What’s Surprising Is

An older generation of activists had on-the-ground movements to get their messages out. We do this too, but we are taking these messages to an online platform to extend our reach.

The silver lining of Covid19 is that the internet is the only platform right now, so we are well-positioned; we have been practicing and preparing to be online activists for a long time.

A Direct Grant

A direct grant would allow us to work on more prevention, rather than providing so much support after the gender-based violence has already occurred.

We are a small team, and busy being one of the main contacts in Indonesia for cases of violence against women–especially online gender-based violence.

We need our funding to be flexible, because the needs of the women we work with change so rapidly, and so do the laws that impact them in Indonesia.

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In the past, we have had to turn funding away, because it tried to put constraints on the type of work we could do with the money.

We need our funding to be flexible, and we need our funders to trust that we have a solid understanding of the ever-changing needs of the communities we work with.

This style of funding is the only way we can exist, innovate, and create change.

We would rather work with a small budget to ensure we can make meaningful and impactful change.

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