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Jakarta Post

More female lawmakers to secure seats in House

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Wed, May 29 2019   /  12:26 am

The next House of Representatives is expected to be more aware about gender-based issues and to bring about improvements in addressing the gender gap, as the 2019 legislative election saw a higher percentage of women being elected to the House.A calculation by the University of Indonesia’s Center for Political Studies (Puskapol UI) shows that the percentage of female lawmakers expected to sit in the House for the 2019-2024 term has risen to 20.5 percent from 17 percent following the 2014 election. That is the highest figure since the 2004 election.Puskapol UI executive director Aditya Perdana said 53 percent of the elected female lawmakers were activists and senior politicians, and 41 percent appeared to be affiliated to political dynasties. The remaining 6 percent comprise professionals making their debut in the House.“The number of elected female lawmakers has significantly increas...