Preacher of Human Rights
Marzuki Wahid loudly voices his support for gender equality and equity. He co-founded an Islamic education institution focused on gender and human rights studies.
AT first, Marzuki Wahid would always feel conflicted when listening to talks or discussions about gender equality. Marzuki, who was born and grew up in a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) environment in Cirebon, West Java, was trapped in the social construct that placing men at a higher status than women. When he was young, Marzuki even believed that only men should be a leader.
He says he once firmly rejected discussions on gender equality, b...