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Bon Iver partners with Hollaback! Jakarta for anti-sexual-abuse initiative

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, January 8, 2020  /  01:05 pm
Bon Iver partners with Hollaback! Jakarta for anti-sexual-abuse initiative

Bon Iver. (Graham Tolbert & Crystal Quinn/File)

American folk band Bon Iver is partnering with Hollaback! Jakarta in their 2 A Billion campaign, which focuses on gender inequality, domestic violence and sexual abuse.

“One of the biggest problems with domestic abuse is that people don’t talk about it. It’s insidious, stigmatized and hushed," said frontman Justin Vernon in a release received by The Jakarta Post.

The band is to perform on Jan. 19 at the Tennis Indoor Senayan, Central Jakarta. This will be Bon Iver's first concert in Jakarta, a part of its also-first Asia tour.

Bon Iver is currently on tour to promote their fourth album, i,i, which has received four 2020 Grammy nominations.

For the 2 A Billion initiative, the multiple Grammy award-winning band is holding auctions and profits are to go to their partner organizations. Aside from Hollaback! Jakarta, Bon Iver is also working with the Freedom Restoration Project in Bangkok, AWARE Singapore, Voice Up Japan and the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center.

Hollaback! Jakarta started as an online platform that aimed to raise awareness of sexual harassment in the city. The movement is part of the global Hollaback! movement formed in New York in 2005.

There are two packages for the Jakarta show available with a starting bid of US$150. Each package contains two tickets to the Jan. 19 show, one signed tour poster, one signed i,i album and one Bon Iver T-shirt. The auction will end on Jan. 14, at 12 p.m. North America time.

In 2019, Bon Iver managed to collect more than US$185,000 for their partners through the 2 A Billion initiative.

A recent survey conducted by the Coalition for Safe Public Space, which Hollaback! Jakarta is a part of, revealed that sexual harassment in Indonesia mostly took place on the streets and on public transportation. (dev/wng)

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