Kalyanamitra was established on March 28, 1985. In Sanskrit, Kalyanamitra means "Good Friend" or "Companion". The name became the principle of Kalyanamitra whose presence at that time was a response to the injustices faced by Indonesian women, both caused by gender inequality or by the government or state policies. In this regard, Kalyanamitra considered the need for information and communication centers on women. Along with the implementation of community mentoring, Kalyanamitra also collected data on various aspects of women and brought them to public by holding seminars, training and public discussions.

Kalyanamitra's commitment to gender justice continued by introducing gender analysis training in Indonesia in 1990. The program was addressed to non-governmental organization activitists and academicians who were willing to pay attention to women's issues.

In addition, Kalyanamitra also published various publications, such as books, newsletters, posters to build awareness and to provide knowledge on women's issues for wider public audience. Some published form of publications were Mitra Media newsletter and Dongbret bulletin .

Despite the government publication ban in 1994, Kalyanamitra remained active in producing a number of publications on women's issues. Due to our strong commitment to the documentation and education program, Kalyanamitra was known as an active resource center who conducted researches on women's issues and socialized the findings to public.

In their assisted programs, Kalyanamitra initiated many campaigns on issues of violence against women. One of which was directly involved in handling rape cases against Chinese-ethnic women occurred in 1998. At that time, Kalyanamitra joined the secretariat of Humanitarian Volunteer Team for rape survivors in Jakarta.

Now, after 32 years of our existence, Kalyanamitra continues to uphold our commitment to strive for gender equality through community and education assisted programs through data archiving relating to women's experiences.

Based on the results of the Strategic Planning 2019-2023, Kalyanamitra has three divisions:

1. Community Facilitation Program
In the Community Facilitation Program includes three areas of work:

Community Facilitation;

2. Knowledge Management Program
In the Community Facilitation Program includes two areas of work:

Information and Documentation;

3. Organizational
In the Organizational includes three areas of work:



Long-term Vision
The realization of the system of society and state that has gender equity through strengthening women's capabilities with the principle of caring and solidarity.

External Vision
Women have autonomy over themselves and are able to build the movements to struggle for their control of sources of livelihoods.

Internal Vision
Kalyanamitra is able to reflect and document the experience of working together and for women.


    To strengthen the assissted community to be social actors in their region through the provision and dissemination of information and knowledge and critical education.

    To conduct studies based on community assistance for making recommendation changes in public policies.

    To increase public awareness of gender inequalities.

    To build networks with social actors at various levels in order to support the works of Kalyanamitra.

    To advocate gender perspective-public policies.


Taking Side

Standing for the marginalized, weak, poor and oppressed women.


Non-discriminating in behaviors based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender.


Non-violent and impartial to the perpetrators of violence. Does not tolerate all forms of violence committed within organizations, assisted groups, networks or countries in general.


Involving all elements within the organization and assisted groups in program management [planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation] involving all elements within the organization and assisted groups in the decision-making process.

Gender equality

Treating men and women equally, give the same access control to women and men in decision making and resource utilization process.


Openly running organizational management process, regularly submitting the organization information about its works to the public.


Being sensitive and caring about the surrounding environment and willing to help others.


Free of influence from political interests, capital, government and political parties in decision making process.


Responsible for efforts made to the community and the public.


Everyone has the right to be treated equally, everyone should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against by anything.


Well Being, Self-Care dan Integrated Security. Upholding the mindfulness through five basic attitudes: attention, non-judgment, acceptance, letting go, and presence. This value also emphasizes the well-being and welfare of others physically, mentally, social relations, spiritual, and emotionally.


isu strategis

1. Women's control towards sources of livelihoods (women's leadership, recognition of women's capabilities);
2. Gender-based violence;
3. The threat of religious fundamentalism towards women's autonomy;
4. Commodification of women (politics, economy, social culture);
5. Unmanageable knowledge of women.