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Women's March Jakarta 2017 to raise gender equality issues

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, March 3, 2017  /  05:46 pm
Women's March Jakarta 2017 to raise gender equality issues

Participants at the 2017 Women's March in Minnesota, US. ( Wolter /File)

To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, local activists are organizing a ‘Women’s March Jakarta 2017’ on March 4 at 9 a.m.

With pink and purple colors as the dress code, they will march from Sarinah to the State Palace to raise awareness on women’s rights and gender equality.

The main event is scheduled to take place in front of the State Palace where ten activists will deliver eight demands, which include tolerance, diversity and health rights for women, eliminating violence against women, protecting the living environment and female workers, improving the representation of women in the political scene and eliminating discrimination and violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

Participants can also expect to enjoy musical performances from Sisters in Dangers, Melanie Subono and Mutiara Malika, poetry from Helga Worotitjan, Ayu Meutia, Putri Minangsari and Tiar S, and a “sharing session” by activist-cum-artist Nova Eliza.

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“These eight issues will [also] be addressed to related government bodies or stakeholders,” said Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat) representative Naila Rizqi Zakiah during a press conference on Thursday.

“For instance, we’ll raise issues related to tolerance to the President and we’ll go to the House of Representatives [DPR] for issues about the bill on equality and justice and the bill on domestic workers. So the goal is clear, we want to have clear measurements.”

Campaign committee member Anindya “Vivi” Restuviani adds that “in general, our goals are to make the government aware of our eight issues and raise people’s awareness as well as encourage them to be more concerned about women’s issues."

The Women’s March Jakarta 2017 was initiated by 33 different organizations. Event coordinator Olin Monteiro stated the march shared philosophical similarities with the women’s marches held in the US earlier this year.

“We adopted the name from [the US], but our march addresses more specific issues, such as fascism and [Donald] Trump,” Olin explained.

The event’s eight issues do not cover all the problems facing women in Indonesia, but Olin said they had been carefully selected based on urgency. (kes)