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The many voices of Women's March Jakarta 2017

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, March 6, 2017 | 04:44 pm
  • Participants from Hollaback! Jakarta, an online initiative aimed at encouraging Indonesian women to share their experiences of harassment, hold posters during the Women's March Jakarta 2017. The posters carried messages of women’s solidarity, such as one stating "'Hey sayang' bukan namaku #lawanpelecehan" ('Hey honey' is not my name #fightsexualharassment).

    Participants from Hollaback! Jakarta, an online initiative aimed at encouraging Indonesian women to share their experiences of harassment, hold posters during the Women's March Jakarta 2017. The posters carried messages of women’s solidarity, such as one stating "'Hey sayang' bukan namaku #lawanpelecehan" ('Hey honey' is not my name #fightsexualharassment). OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Participants from Hollaback! Jakarta, an online initiative aimed at encouraging Indonesian women to share their experiences of harassment, hold posters during the Women's March Jakarta 2017. The posters carried messages of women’s solidarity, such as one stating "'Hey sayang' bukan namaku #lawanpelecehan" ('Hey honey' is not my name #fightsexualharassment).

  • Two women hold posters encouraging the government to legalize a law to eliminate sexual violence (left) and informing people that catcalling is a form of sexual harassment.

    Two women hold posters encouraging the government to legalize a law to eliminate sexual violence (left) and informing people that catcalling is a form of sexual harassment. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Two women hold posters encouraging the government to legalize a law to eliminate sexual violence (left) and informing people that catcalling is a form of sexual harassment.

  • Miss Transgender Indonesia 2006, Merlyn Sopjan (left), expresses her enthusiasm during Women's March Jakarta 2017 on Saturday.

    Miss Transgender Indonesia 2006, Merlyn Sopjan (left), expresses her enthusiasm during Women's March Jakarta 2017 on Saturday. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Miss Transgender Indonesia 2006, Merlyn Sopjan (left), expresses her enthusiasm during Women's March Jakarta 2017 on Saturday.

  • The face of one of Indonesia’s female heroes, Cut Nyak Dhien, was also featured during the march.

    The face of one of Indonesia’s female heroes, Cut Nyak Dhien, was also featured during the march. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    The face of one of Indonesia’s female heroes, Cut Nyak Dhien, was also featured during the march.

  • Two participants show their support for women's rights and against catcalling during the march.

    Two participants show their support for women's rights and against catcalling during the march. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Two participants show their support for women's rights and against catcalling during the march.

  • "You want to get in? Ask [my] permission first!' wrote one protester on this poster.

    "You want to get in? Ask [my] permission first!' wrote one protester on this poster. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    "You want to get in? Ask [my] permission first!' wrote one protester on this poster.

  • Participants at the event wear masks to express their sentiments.

    Participants at the event wear masks to express their sentiments. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Participants at the event wear masks to express their sentiments.

  • One participant shows his support for women’s rights during the march on Saturday.

    One participant shows his support for women’s rights during the march on Saturday. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    One participant shows his support for women’s rights during the march on Saturday.

  • Participants of the march hold posters showing the percentage of LGBT people who have tried to commit suicide, the number of rape and domestic violence victims per year and the percentage of LGBT people who have experienced violence.

    Participants of the march hold posters showing the percentage of LGBT people who have tried to commit suicide, the number of rape and domestic violence victims per year and the percentage of LGBT people who have experienced violence. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Participants of the march hold posters showing the percentage of LGBT people who have tried to commit suicide, the number of rape and domestic violence victims per year and the percentage of LGBT people who have experienced violence.

  • A participant at the event holds a poster stating "Free women and children from HIV-AIDS."

    A participant at the event holds a poster stating "Free women and children from HIV-AIDS." OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A participant at the event holds a poster stating "Free women and children from HIV-AIDS."

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Donning garments to match the dress code of pink, purple and white, hundreds of women and men joined the Women's March Jakarta 2017 on Saturday. Starting at 9 a.m., they marched along the streets of Jakarta, from Sarinah shopping center to the State Palace.

Read also: Women's March Jakarta 2017 to raise gender equality issues

Initiated by 33 different organizations, the march aimed to address eight issues, which included tolerance, diversity and health rights for women, eliminating violence against women, protecting living environments and female workers, improving the representation of women in the political arena and eliminating discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The issues were highlighted by participants using signs and posters they carried during the event. (kes)

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