Activist and academic
SURAIYA IT is presently working with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations (S.Shahid Husain) in the preparation of a non-paper regarding the establishment of an International Federation of Islamic Women's Organizations which could serve as a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of interests of women in Islamic countries; also to the enhancement of their roles in the family, and the socio-economic development of the society. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia where her dissertation was ' The Womens Movement in Indonesia: With special reference to the Aisyiyah Organization'. Ms. It's specialty covers peace building, human rights, women rights, Philosophy of Religion, Psychology of Religion, Islamic Studies, Feminist in Islam and Inter-Religious Dialogue. She currently sits on the Chair of International Forum for Aceh (Human Rights Organization). In 1984, Ms. It was the First Winner of National Academic Writing Held by Indonesian Department of Religious Affair for the book 'The Role of Young Generation in the Development of the Country'.