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Women legislators eye role in global forums

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 13 2010   /  01:03 pm

Indonesia's women legislators are aiming to get more involved in international forums in their bid to become the best female parliamentarians in Asia. "The international achievement of an Indonesian female legislator has made this country proud. I hope others will follow suit," House Speaker Marzuki Alie said Friday during the inauguration of the organizing committee of the Indonesian Parliamentary Caucus for Women (KPPRI) for the 2009-2014 period. He was referring to Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, his Democratic Party colleague, who chaired a session at the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC). She was the first woman to lead PUIC's Women, Social and Cultural Affairs meeting. KPPRI chairwoman A.P. Andi Timo Pangerang, also from the Democratic Party said the caucus was the vehicle to bring more Indonesian women legislators to the international fore. "The KPPRI mus...