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Jakarta Post

Kartini’s month of elections and Cinderella’s stepsisters

  • Delita Sartika
    Delita Sartika

    Lecturer in Literary Translation and Cultural Studies at Jambi University

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 22, 2019   /  10:35 am
Kartini’s month of elections and Cinderella’s stepsisters Illustration of women in politics. (Shutterstock/rudall30)

April — Kartini Month — is always a perfect moment to reflect on how far we have been progressing in women’s emancipation. The 2018 Global Gender Gap Report reveals how Indonesia has performed among 148 countries in four main indicators: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. Overall we still rank far down the list in 85th place. We have actually narrowed economic and political gaps, but performed poorly in educational attainment. Yet, even in the areas where we scored better than in previous years, are we really on the right track to close the gender gaps and achieve equality? The latest general election on Wednesday makes this year’s commemoration of the birthday of the heroine Kartini worth getting closer attention. What women do in politics may not fully represent women&rsq...

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