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Jakarta Post

Feminists march for equality, end to gender violence

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 3, 2018   /   09:52 pm
Feminists march for equality, end to gender violence Cue the laugh track: A protester carries a humorous placard while marching in Jakarta Women's March on Saturday. (JP/Jossa Lukman)

Hundreds of feminists wielding colorful placards took part in the second Jakarta Women’s March this Saturday, demanding an end to gender-based violence and discriminatory policies.

The organizers of the march voiced eight demands targeted at the government. In addition to the calls to end gender violence, they urged the government to block provisions in the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill that activists say violate private freedoms.

Most of the attendees brought out their own placards. Some called for an end to catcalling, while others pulled out placards with memes and references to popular TV shows and books to demand equal rights.

A number of attendees even brought out signs with humorous messages on them: One man was marching because his "girlfriend brought me here”; one attendee called on Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti to “sink the absurd KUHP”; another could not believe that they “still have to protest”. (jlm/ahw)