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International Women’s Day organizers: Beyond rhetoric

  • Sabina Puspita
    Sabina Puspita

    Doctoral student at Northwestern University’s political science department

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Evanston, Illinois   /   Fri, March 13, 2020   /  10:40 am
International Women’s Day organizers: Beyond rhetoric Women take part in an International Women's Day march in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)

The organizers of the 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) rally ought to be featured as among the most resilient movers and shakers of Indonesian modern political history. Very few rally organizers in Jakarta ever managed to demonstrate a concerted peaceful action of a diverse group of people on the street and responsiveness to participants’ post-rally complaints. GERAK Perempuan (Women’s Movement against Violence Alliance) is not the average rally organizer and continues the energy of large protests by women in earlier years. However, reports of harassment during the IWD rally circulated on print and social media platforms right after the rally. One of The Jakarta Post’s reports on the rally focused on the harassments during the rally and the fallout from these circulating complaints. Some women were indeed verbally and sexually harassed during the Ma...

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