Nursyahbani Katjasungkana is a feminst lawyer and human rights activist and was born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1955. She has four children and two grandsons.
She graduated from the Law Faculty of Airlangga University in 1978 with a specialisation in criminal law. She received a Post Graduate diploma in International Comparative Sexual Orientation Law from Leiden University in 2012 and was a 2012 Fellow in the Bridging the Research-Policy Divide Leadership programme at Australian National University.
Nursyahbani Katjasungkana was the Indonesian prosecutor of the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery in 2000, General Coordinator of The International People’s Tribunal on the 1965 Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (2015) and a panel Judge of The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on state crimes against the Rohingnyas and other groups (2017).
She was a member of the People’s Consultative Assembly in Indonesia from 1999 to 2004 and a Member of the Indonesian Parliament from 2004 to 2009.
She has contributed greatly to women’s rights in the context of domestic violence law having been Commissioner of the National Commission on Violence Against Women and co-founder and the first Secretary General of the Indonesia Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy. She was a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development from 2013 to 2015.
Nursyahbani Katjasungkana is a newspaper columnist and has published many articles including: The Grip of Fundamentalism: Legal Issues and Women Movement Responses in The Future of Asian Feminism in Confronting Fundamentalism, Conflicts and neo-Liberalism (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2012). Her research on the Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act in Indonesia is included in Family Ambiguity and The Domestic Violence in Asia (Sussex Academic Press, 2013). Other publications include Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws and Regional Regulations that Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People (OutRight International 2017) and Propaganda and the Genocide in Indonesia: Imagined Evil (Routledge 2018).
For her commitment and tireless work, she was nominated for the 2006 1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe Nobel Prize and GlobeAsia Magazine named her one of the most inspiring and influential women in Indonesia.