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Women’s group rejects ‘emak-emak’ reference

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, September 15 2018   /  12:26 am

Indonesian Women’s Congress (Kowani) chairwoman Giwo Rubianto Wiyogo has lambasted the derogatory use of the word emak-emak, a colloquial reference for women whose role is confined to household work .

Giwo, who spoke during the 35th General Assembly of the International Council of Women in Yogyakarta, suggested that the public use “mothers of the nation” instead.

“People should not use the term ‘the power of emak-emak’ to describe us,” Giwo said to a crowd of cheering women on Friday.

“The power of emak-emak” is a phrase that has been used in reference to recent women’s rallies in which participants demanded that the government lower the price of staple food and fuel, among other commodities. Grouped under Emak-Emak Militan (Militant Moms of Indonesia), dozens of participants staged a rally in front of the General Elections Commission (KPU) earli...