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Women: Life-affirming agents or bombers who kill?

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16, 2018   /  03:53 pm
Women: Life-affirming agents or bombers who kill? The women’s movement in Indonesia has had a long life span, but we often forget to write about it. (Shutterstock/File)

In Asian societies you’re expected to respect your elders and learn from them. Well, at almost 64, maybe I’m a new-fangled Asian as I respect young people, and love to learn from them as well! 

For example, when my son Aditya was a teenager, he opened me to the world of science fiction. I was quickly converted: unlimited imagination, alternative realities, idealized or wacky worlds — what’s not to like?

This youthful nudging happened again recently, when Nur Janti, a 24-year-old reporter from Historia magazine, the only popular history journal in Indonesia, interviewed me about the Voice of Concerned Mothers (SIP). She’s writing a series on women’s movements in Indonesia to commemorate 20 years of the Reform Era this month. 

SIP gained worldwide fame in February 1998, when we — fema...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.