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Jakarta Post

To be or not to be feminist

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, April 22 2019   /  03:26 am

Take to the streets: Indonesia's democratic backdrop has allowed feminist movements to flourish, although a pushback has also been growing.While Indonesia is becoming increasingly open to women’s movements like the Women’s March and One Billion Rising, such movements also face growing opposition — most recently from the Indonesia Without Feminism group.“Even though their agenda is the exact opposite of the feminist fight for women’s autonomy and gender equality, this group has stimulated the discourse for feminist concepts,” Atnike suggested.“Feminists need to see this as an opportunity to explain the concept of feminism in a more concrete way to society in general.”For Atnike, feminism is a harmonization of thought and action built by a critical view of unfair dominant practices and conceptions.“Indonesian women prove that feminism is a way to provide justice for the m...