Muslim comic stands up for tolerance, diversity

Indonesia’s first hijabi standup comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf brings tolerance center stage as host of the United Journalists for Diversity (SEJUK) Awards Gala in Jakarta next month. It’s Ma’ruf’s latest effort to combat extremism and promote tolerance through humor.

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