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Does Indonesia really need a family resilience bill?

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /  10:36 am
Does Indonesia really need a family resilience bill? We time: A family relaxes in Malang, East Java, on Sunday. The draft law on family resilience is in the spotlight for its perceived intrusion into private matters. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)

The current draft of the so-called family resilience bill has riled many Indonesians. The purpose of the bill demands more explanation to unpick how it can truly make families stronger and more resilient. It contradicts the spirit of previous laws that had endeavored to promote gender equality and protections for women and children. Examples are Law No. 23/2004 on the elimination of domestic violence, the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women through Law No. 7/1984, and most recently, the revision of the 1974 Marriage Law to increase the legal marriage age to 19 for both genders, which was earlier 16 for females and 19 for males. Apart from the growing yet familiar arguments about how the draft bill puts women at a disadvantaged position, the impact of having this draft bill pass goes far beyond the domestic and gender sph...

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