Seminar on Women, Politics, and Mental Health Law in Indonesia


Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer Building, L-130

Light food and refreshments will be served

First-come first-served

About the Event:
Come and learn what it meant to be a young female physician running for a seat in the Indonesia’s House of Representatives, and eventually serving as one of 101 woman legislators. Indonesia, with its burgeoning democracy, is a developing country with the world’s largest Muslim population and is still striving for an equal gender representation in politics. Find out how she survived all the challenges, threats, and opposition as a Member of Parliament to finally advance the Indonesia’s Law on Mental Health to cease shackling (pasung) practices and improve mental health service in Indonesia.

About the Speaker
Dr. Yusuf is an Indonesian psychiatrist, celebrated author, and young female politician. Her World Indonesia Magazine named her the “Most Powerful Woman 2014”. In December 2009, she ranked 3rd in Globe Asia Magazine’s “Top Influential Female Legislator”. She served as Vice Chairwoman of Commission IX, House of Representatives, Republic of Indonesia, responsible for health, manpower, and demographic affairs. She is currently a visiting scientist in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.