Free from judgement: Safe house for unmarried pregnant women – Community

Yohana Belinda (The Jakarta Post)

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Wed, December 29, 2021

Yayasan Rumah Tumbuh Harapan hopes to provide a safe space for unmarried women going through unplanned pregnancies.

Together with her husband Charles Wong, 41-year-old Devi Sumarno founded Yayasan Rumah Tumbuh Harapan (Hope House Foundation), often shortened to Rumah Ruth (Ruth’s House). The house is home to unmarried women who are going through or have recently gone through unplanned pregnancies, with the aim of assisting not only their physical well-being, but also their mental wellness, as they face the combination of stigma and, often, guilt and shame about the pregnancy.

Maria Yasinta, hotline manager from Samsara, a nonprofit organization, says women are not well informed about their rights in regard to reproductive health. In the case of women with unplanned pregnancies, the external and internal pressures can be even more overwhelming. “A safe house could be the best option for women who have unplanned pregnancies to decide the next step to take after being properly informed.”

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