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Family resilience bill: Time to evaluate gender quota

  • Dara Nasution

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Jakarta   /   Sat, March 7, 2020   /  10:32 am
Family resilience bill: Time to evaluate gender quota As a female politician, the family resilience bill has made me wonder, is it time to reevaluate the 30 percent gender quota because the increasing number of women representation in the highest legislative body has not helped to significantly produce more gender-responsive policies? (Shutterstock/rudall30)

Recently, a group of conservative lawmakers pushed the so-called family resilience bill to be deliberated at the legislature, rousing controversy with its many problematic articles. One article states wives “are responsible for managing household affairs as best as possible”, in addition to maintaining the household’s unity and serving her family members. Meanwhile, the husband’s duties are confined to supporting and protecting the family. The articles may have gone largely unnoticed in the 1974 Marriage Law; but the new bill sparked heated debates for perceived efforts to enforce women domestication, not to mention the strengthening of the patriarchal values in today’s Indonesia. Ironically, three out of five of the bill’s endorsers are women lawmakers, namely Ledia Hanifa and Netty Prasetiyani from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and E...

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