Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Niniek Karmini – ABC News – Wednesday, 20 February 2013 (originally published 18 Feb) Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly […]

Many Asian Women Now Manage Family Finances

Many Asian Women Now Manage Family Finances

Paul Zach – Jakarta Globe – Wednesday, 25 April 2012 (originally published 23 Apr) Ismail Giu no longer pockets the money he earns as the man in charge of protocol for the government of Gorontalo in Indonesia. It all goes straight into his wife’s bank account. In yet another sign that times are changing in […]

‘Gender-based affirmative action is needed‘

‘Gender-based affirmative action is needed‘

Elly Burhaini Faizal –  Jakarta Post – Wednesday, 28 December 2011 (originally published 26 Dec) Gender equality in Indonesia has improved significantly over the last two decades, a World Bank report says. However, more improvement is needed in areas such as labor participation, access to formal financial institutions and development planning. The Jakarta Post’s Elly […]

Are We Really Blaming It On the Victims Again?

Are We Really Blaming It On the Victims Again?

Soe Tjen Marching – Jakarta Globe – Friday, 23 September 2011 (originally published 20 Sept) So, after a woman was raped and kidnapped by several men in a public minivan last week, what did Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo have to say? He asked women not to wear miniskirts. The governor also told women: “If you […]

INDONESIA: FGM/C regulations mistaken as endorsement, experts fear

INDONESIA: FGM/C regulations mistaken as endorsement, experts fear

mk/nb/mw – IRIN – Wednesday, 07 September 2011 WEST JAVA, 1 September 2011 (IRIN) – Guidelines on how to perform female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Health could cause an increase in the practice, medical experts and rights groups fear. “This will give doctors a new motivation to circumcise [girls] because […]

Gender Equality: What Is (Jakarta) Govt’s 2011 Strategy?

Gender Equality: What Is (Jakarta) Govt’s 2011 Strategy?

Agus Pratiwi – Jakarta Globe – Friday, 7 January, 2011 (originally published 2 Jan) There were so many tasks left unfinished by the government in 2010 related to gender equality. The gaps are seen not only in the increasing cases of domestic violence, but also in the commodification of working women. Gender equality programs are […]

Editorial: Empowered Indonesian Women Are Key to the Future

Editorial: Empowered Indonesian Women Are Key to the Future

JakartaGlobe – Thursday, 9 December, 2010 (originally published 6 Dec) Jakarta. Across emerging Asia, women are striving for progress. More and more women in this region are gaining access to information and education, the two most crucial factors toward greater empowerment. But at the same time, large numbers of women continue to suffer from discrimination, […]