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Komnas Perempuan scraps age, education requirements for commissioners

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /  08:47 pm
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Members of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) discuss the draft bill on sexual violence with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta in 2016. (Kompas.com/Fabian Januarius Kuwado)

The selection committee for National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioners has scrapped age and education requirements in a bid to diversify candidates. Previous selection criteria required candidates to be at least 35 years of age and to hold a bachelor's degree. These requirements no longer apply. Selection committee head Usman Hamid, who is also the director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said the removal was an affirmative action to reach out to aspiring female candidates in local communities. "The candidates may have not graduated from elementary school, but they could be fighting for women's rights in their communities. The removal of age and education requirements is positive progress," Usman told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Registration to apply to be a commissioner opened on May 25 and closes on July 31.&nb...