ACEH WOMEN FULL POWER
A Healthy Women’s tabloid sponsored by UNFPA and BKKBN Aceh Regional Office, an article taken from Pustakaloka Kompas Online 8th edition September 2005 an article written by Ruth Indiah Rahayu a social worker in Kalyanamitra, the writing was inspired by a book entitled: Gender, Islam, Nationalist and state in Aceh: The Paradox of Power, Co-optation, and Resistance by Jacqueline Aquino Siapno. In the article, she asks why women in Aceh if they want to travel to? Male area? Such as a coffee shop should be accompanied by her mahram and if not then the woman will be labeled bad by the community. And he regrets that gender issues never get a place in Aceh society. “As if pestilence brought from Jakarta” he regrets.
Finally, by considering the writings of Dr. Snouk Hurgronyoe who had “explored Aceh” he concluded that the power of Acehnese women was marginalized by the new values of Islam and the power of post-independence Nationalism in Aceh. From the writing implied that the role of women in Aceh is confined and ironically Aceh women do not realize it is based on the fact that the feminist movement has never had supporters in Aceh.
That’s all not true !!! Macro probably we do not see the role of women Aceh is too prominent at this time, but the micro women Aceh have a very big role and can be said the real Aceh Ruler. From the relationship of marriage, we see that the wife is called by name? Po Rumoh! Which if translated into English roughly means the Owner / Master of the house. The husband at the beginning of the marriage flows live in the house-in-law to avoid the occurrence of domestic violence. A custom which was initiated by Sri Ratu Safiatuddin to protect women in Aceh never caused the center of the Aceh Sultanate to move when his father appointed his husband Sultan Iskandar Thani from the Kedah Sultanate to become his successor.
The role of Aceh women in domestic life is also quite large, a Teuku Umar will not surface if not supported by a Cut Nyak Dien. Admiral Malahayati, Cut Nyak Meutia, Pocut Baren, Sri Ratu Nuzulul Alam are mighty women who have not forgotten the true duty of women as mothers.
Cultural transfers in Aceh are more dominantly performed by mothers, for children born into the 1980s would still remember when they were little when they were going to sleep in the swing sometimes grandmother or mother humming the song Dodaidi containing the spirit of struggle against the pagan invaders although the Dutch Has long left the Earth from Aceh. Every child is required to hear it be a useful person in the future. Imagine every day, morning and afternoon to sleep hard to forget the contents of his poetry despite being grown now. For the children of Aceh, mothers, grandmothers, older siblings, younger siblings are strong, strong and Full Power who will always respect, we love and we miss.
History records. Every battle brings personal suffering to women, so it takes at least an equal strength to cope with its passive passage, to bear, to surrender and to live, just as for the active part of the battle itself that can bring happiness through it.
Women, they lived and waited at home and through the “gate of insecurity” which for the average person they always kept open, had let a new guest into his house, an anxiety that always arises against someone or those who go through the duty. The guest was at the center of life at home and his shadow hung above all and all, above all the movements and thoughts of those left behind.
In the case of long warfare ever occurred in Aceh, as a war, wherever war has raged on this earth. But it is even more powerful to be felt in Aceh because their women are very close to or indeed are in the arena of war. There they live with war, their souls daily follow their husbands or sons on the journeys they know to the greatest degree. The anxiety caused by a sudden phone call is the same as a phone call that never arrives.
And if this happens for so long, then the anxiety can turn into a frightening ghost at home, the sudden rustling of the foot, the soft typewritten voice on the door or the distant peoples’ voice enough to place those who are waiting in confusion, Because it is not impossible and always so. That it was an unlucky message about the husband or the arrival of a dead man was transported to the hospital.
Although now the war has aged, Aceh since 2005 has been slowly peaceful. Regarding Acehnese women can be told, that since the Colonial war against the Dutch. Her role up to now is difficult to assess and is usually very active. The Acehnese woman, bravely, is a vengeful resentment against the colonial colonialism (Netherlands) that is unrivaled and unfamiliar. If she fought, then the task was carried out with a force that did not know death and usually (always) beat her men. She is a burning revenge that even to the grave and in the face of death is still daring to spit into the face of “kaphe” (=Dutch Colonist).
In the past, it seemed that no romance writer could afford and succeed in revealing his crazy fantasy as Aceh women have proven in reality.
Women are the pillar of the State, a mother is a school where a child first gets to know the world and shapes the child’s mindset in looking at the world. Faced with global pressure and the influence of Western-controlled media to the moment when Acehnese women can survive? Frankly, no one can answer it because the simultaneous erosion process occurs, and continues.
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