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Jakarta Post

137 years after Kartini, it’s time to end child marriage

  • Missiyah

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 20 2016   /  08:47 am

For hundreds of years, women have been struggling to seize their rights, through organizing themselves and galvanizing a women’s movement to push for better government policies, among other things.

However, many women, particularly those from poor rural families, are still vulnerable to dropping out of school, giving them no other option but to settle for work in the informal sector, leaving them exposed to violence.

Denied of protection and security, they can work up to 15 hours a day for only meager wages and are still expected to do household work. The 2013 Social Barometer Survey revealed women are 1.5 times more likely to earn wages lower than Rp 500,000 (US$38.07) per month, compared with men. Given this situation, what is the significance of Indonesia’s position as the only permanent ASEAN member in the G-20, and the optimism that it will be one of the world’s...