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Jakarta Post

Think equal, innovate for change

  • Anita Nirody, Sabine Machl and Derval Usher


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8, 2019   /  02:09 pm
Think equal, innovate for change Gender equality illustration (Shutterstock/File)

Arin is a shop attendant at one of the biggest malls in Semarang. She has just moved to the city after graduating from high school and is proud to be a working woman, earning a salary to support herself and her family back in her village. However, she is nervous about navigating a new city at night after she finishes work at 10 p.m. She feels lucky that the online ojek service (motorbike taxi) service — is affordable in Semarang and offers a safe means to go back home, but she still does not always feel secure returning home. Sometimes she gets cat-called while waiting for the ojek to arrive, or the driver asks questions that are too personal. Her experience is not unique. Many women in Indonesia and beyond face daily risks in navigating public spaces. New technologies and digital innovation can b...

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