Advance Awards Alumni Category Finalist
With a background in international law and a heart in the marginalised communities of Indonesia, Nukila Evanty works to place people at the centre of development and communities at the core of the decision-making process. Nukila is a sought-after expert on human rights, being the founder and Executive Director of the Women Working Group. The group aims to achieve gender equality by working with stakeholders across government ministries, international organisations and universities to educate women to know their rights. Nukila has a strong voice in the fight against the Palm Oil industry as well as the need for guidelines to protect women from vilification online. In 2020, she founded and now chairs a social justice movement called the Civil Society Coalition Against Corona, opening a legal complaints desk for poor communities affected by COVID-19 and overseeing government health policy in handling the pandemic.
Nukila’s achievements include her 2011 publication Indonesia Human Rights and the International Human Rights Regime, exploring the country’s compliance to international human rights norms under different regimes. She supported the Indonesian Parliament on the publication of human rights and gender mainstreaming module in 2018. She received and dedicated a First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund grant to protect the nature and cultural survival of the Kampar Indigenous People in Indonesia. She is a member of the advisory board of the Asia Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. For her achievements and outstanding record, Nukila was appointed as Director to the Board of Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in 2018.