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Overdue recognition for Indonesian women

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Fri, March 16 2012   /  10:36 am

Last week we witnessed 14 Indonesian female soldiers receiving awards from the Lebanese government for their support given to a UN Peacekeeping mission. These women are part of more than 13,000 Indonesian soldiers deployed to UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon).

From the figure, we can find stark contrast of only 1 percent of Indonesian women being sent compared to the 99 percent male soldiers. What has our country, with population ratio of 50:50 male to female, done to the rest of its women?

The honest truth is that Indonesia trains its women to be experts in the house — to do cleaning, cooking and raising children. Given this expertise, therefore, it is no wonder that Indonesian female domestic helpers are more famous than its women peacekeepers.

As this is not tragic enough, the international world rewarded Indonesian women more than Indonesia itsel...