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Jakarta Post

Indonesian Women's March: When women and LGBT people unite

  • Hendri Yulius
    Hendri Yulius

    Writer of Coming Out and a lecturer of gender and sexuality studies

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 8, 2017   /  10:08 am
Indonesian Women's March: When women and LGBT people unite 2006 Miss Transgender Indonesia Merlyn Sopjan (left) expressed her enthusiasm during "Women's March Jakarta 2017" on March 4. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

A crowd mostly wearing pink outfits assembled in front of the Sarinah Plaza on the morning of March 4. Young and old, men, women, transgenders and people with disability then walked together to the National Monument yelling, “Women move forward! They can’t be stopped! Women unite! They can’t be defeated!” Banners highlighting gender issues were raised up, rainbow color flags and decorations waving in the air, representing Indonesian LGBT communities. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Indonesia’s Women March was not only about women rights. One of the organizers, Kate Walton, asserted that the march aimed to address current politics that ignore the rights of marginalized groups, including LGBT, people with disability, and indigenous people. As I talked to a transgender woman activist I began to notice the importance of exploring the rel...

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