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Jakarta Post

Religion, tradition limit village women

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 18 2011   /  07:00 am

Women and tradition: Two women add the finishing touches to wooden eagle sculptures at Pering village, Gianyar, in a Sept. 23 file photo. (Antara/Nyoman Budhiana) Indonesian Women’s Coalition secretary-general Dian Kartika Sari says that religion and tradition are used to prevent women in villages from accessing public services, such as education and health care.

“Religion and tradition are used to discriminate against women, particularly those living in villages, to stop them from participating in the public and social domain,” she said.

Dian said that based on the coalition’s work to promote gender equality in villages in 28 provinces, the best way to help women was to make them aware of the impact of traditional and religious values and to understand how those factors might hinder their access to public services.

“We also approach and build good relatio...