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Jakarta Post

Women seek better representation

  • Kurniawan Hari

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sun, March 8 2009   /  11:38 am

“Fight. It’s a must. Without a fight, we will remain poor …,” sang musicians from the Union of Indonesian Street Musicians (SPI) at Taman Menteng, Central Jakarta on Thursday night.

When the musicians finished their show, an old woman, Ibu Fatimah, took to the stage to read a poem titled Ibu Penyelamat Negeri (Mother, the Savior of the Country). “Queuing for gas no more. Lining up for kerosene no more.” She ended her reading by saying, “happy anniversary Indonesian women, happy anniversary International Women’s Day,” to the applause of the audience. The music and poetry readings were part of an event to mark International Women’s Day, March 8. The event was organized by a joint committee of organizations concerned with women’s rights. “As the nation will have an election in April, this year’s commemoration of the Internatio...