Suksma Ratri

A walking paradox. Ratri, a.k.a Suksma Ratri, lead a multiple-life as a corporate worker, an activist, a mother, a wife, an Ingress Agent and a woman living with HIV.

Senior Communication Officer Indonesia & Gender Focal Point Indonesia at Solidaridad Network Indonesia from 6 June 2015 – present, her love towards butterfly, not only because it is a delicately beautiful creature that is full of vulnerability; but mainly because it is a symbol of transformation and hidden power – a living proof that something rather ugly, disgusting and poisonous can actually be transformed into the most beautiful creature. On top of that, its delicate and rather vulnerable wings can cause a tsunami on the other side of the world, famously called as The Butterfly Effect.

Ratri wish this creature reflects herself and her determinations in life. That she was once an ugly little girl who can eventually transform herself to something more worth-having and worth-keeping. That she is delicate and vulnerably weird, but hope her little wings of passion are powerful enough to create The Butterfly Effect that results on changes in this God’s forsaken place called “the world”.

Seeing life as a series of choice, Ratri, alongside with her experiences at Local and International NGOs, tell us that “how you live your life depends on what you choose. If you choose to be happy and successful, then you will be. If you choose to be pessimistic and failing, then that is what you’re going to get.”

Often misunderstood and misread by others, Communications & Consultations Facility Programme Assistant at UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation, from May 07, 2013 to May 06, 2014, came across very confident, strong and stubborn, but deep down inside she’s still a little girl who needs to cuddle, snuggle, be loved and holding hands just to feel secure.

“It’s not who I am underneath. It’s what I do that defines me” – Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins.

“I am not defined by the virus in my body, but by things I do wholeheartedly for the greater good” – Suksma Ratri.

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