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Jakarta Post

April Festival: Celebrating women's `herstory'

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 10 2010   /  11:33 am

The image of the famous heroine Kartini might evoke nothing other than a graceful aristocrat Javanese lady wearing a kebaya - a traditional long-sleeved Javanese blouse - and a sanggul (elaborate chignon). That is why today, every time we celebrate Kartini Day on April 21, we'll see parades of little girls in colorful kebaya, or other traditional attires - along with fashion shows and costume competitions. Little do we realize that the way we celebrate the spirit of Kartini has shifted away from the essence of her contribution to the women's emancipation movement in Indonesia during the 19th century. This year, then, could be the time for us to begin reshaping our views and attitude towards Kartini Day. And the April Festival, which will run from April 13 to 27, 2009, in Jakarta, will give us the opportunity to explore the forgotten, inspiring thoughts of Kartini and celebrate ...