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Bus staff wear kebaya on Kartini Day

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, April 21, 2017 | 09:00 pm
Bus staff wear kebaya on Kartini Day A woman driver of the double-decker city bus tour wearing kebaya during Kartini Day, which falls every April 21. (Warta Kota/Angga Bhagya Nugraha)

To celebrate Kartini Day, which falls every April 21, Transjakarta’s women bus staff wore kebaya blouses (traditional Indonesian female attire) while batik was chosen as the uniform for men.

Sheila Zihad, 22, an officer on the Blok M to Manggarai Station route, chose a pink kebaya with embroidery of the same color. Her kebaya had a touch of light blue to color-coordinate with her hijab. 

Sheila shares in the spirit of Raden Ajeng Kartini, a crucial figure in the fight for women’s emancipation.

Although her line of work is dominated by men, Sheila doesn’t feel burdened. “I’m used to standing for hours in the bus,” she said as quoted by tempo.co. 

The support she receives from her parents encouraged her to take the job in order to become economically independent.

Women drivers of the double-decker city bus tour also wore kebaya to celebrate Kartini Day. (dev)

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