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Jakarta Post

Why we need a ‘gender equality’ bill

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Tue, July 17 2012   /  05:00 am

Along with the hustle and bustle of domestic politics, religious intolerance and corruption news, last June focused the Indonesian public debated on whether the gender equality bill should stay on the agenda.

The Jakarta Post had mediated the discussion by presenting Julia Suryakusuma’s viewpoint — that women themselves can be patriarchs (June 27). Her article answered the inconveniences stirred by earlier news reports on opposition to the bill by women (June 19). This article intends to expand Julia’s stand on why Indonesia needs the bill using the findings of the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development.

The aim of gender equality is equal access to education, ownership of assets, economic opportunities and income to improve well-being (p. 7). The report stated that closing the gaps of gender inequality has enhanced development within the fiel...