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Jakarta Post

Tackling the tough questions

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 20 2010   /  11:28 am

Mother, daughter fight: Siti Chomsatun (left) and her daughter Leila Zenastry seek justice for hospital mistreatment that resulted in Siti almost losing her voice. Courtesy of Gambar BergerakIn Indonesia’s patriarchal society, women rarely get opportunities to play a central role in any sector of life.

Society has historically undermined their existence, treating them as second-rate citizens.
Well, good news people!Women have finally taken center stage as the main protagonists in a serial of documentaries produced by the Kalyana Shira Foundation.Two documentary films recently launched at the 12th Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest) tell the stories of women’s life struggles in several places in Indonesia.The first film titled Working Girls portrays the life of a group of women who have become the backbone of not only their family but also their community.This docu...