A podcast about the social history of Indonesia,
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Release Date: 22 December 2023

Episode 9: Kartini

In this episode, we delve into the connection between Indonesia’s first feminist, Raden Ajeng Kartini, and the Kendeng movement, through Navicula’s song “Kartini”.

The narrative unfolds at the base of the Karst Mountains in Central Java, where women from a humble farming community confronted the threat of a major cement company invading their land. Their courageous protest sparked one of Indonesia’s first major ecofeminist movements, capturing the nation’s attention.

We also meet some of the remarkable women who have played a pivotal role in Navicula’s journey over its more than 25-year career. Former manager Lakota Moira returns, alongside current management team members Intan Paramitha and Humairah. And we gain a unique perspective from ethnomusicologist Dr. Rebekah Moore. This episode also features Sandrina Malakiano, an award-winning news anchor, and Gede Robi, Navicula’s vocalist, and guitarist.

For the transcript of this episode click here.

Listen to Kartini on Spotify here.

Watch the Kartini Video

This episode features:

Ewa Wojkowska

Host & Creator

Gede Robi

Producer & Sound Designer

Sandrina Malakiano

An award-winning news anchor

Lakota Moira

Media Consultant of Akarumput, former manager of Navicula


Management Team

Intan Paramitha

Management Team

Dr. Rebekah Moore


Source, resources, films and articles about the Kendeng Community Struggle:

Documentary Film: “Samin vs Semen” by Watchdog

Documentary Film: “Our Mothers’ Land” Mongabay and The Gecko Project

Graphic Novel: “Kendeng Resistance to Limestone Quarrying in Java” by Jatra Palepati


The women of Kendeng set their feet in cement to stop a mine in their lands. This is their story. by Febriana Firdaus | Mongabay 2020

Bagi Navicula, Kartini Masa Kini adalah Petani Penjaga Karst Kendeng by Luh De Suriyani | Mongabay 2016

Opinion: Finding Kartini by Dea Safira Basori | AIYA 2016

Indonesia, the peasant struggle of Kendeng | openDemocracy by Alice Sakasi | Open Democracy 2017

In the Name of Mother Earth: Indonesia’s Kendeng Women Seek Justice by Kartika Pratiwi | Witness Blog

Women’s Leadership through the Context of Rembang Movement a 2016 Airlangga University Study by Daniel Susilo, Abdul Kodir, and Hafizah Awalia

Cement factory in Kendeng Karst Mountains, Indonesia the Kendeng movement page on the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice

Kendeng Community Center “Omah Kendeng”:


Organisations who are working with the Kendeng Community:

AMAN – Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara https://aman.or.id/

WALHI https://www.walhi.or.id/

Kontras https://kontras.org/

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