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Jakarta Post

Knocking on the House's door: Victims, activists send flowers for the sexual violence bill

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 7, 2019   /  09:41 am
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Flower boards stand in front of the House of Representatives building in Senayan in Central Jakarta on Sept. 6. The boards expressed messages from women activists, victims and family of victims about the urgency to pass the bill on the eradication of sexual violence. (JP/Anggie Angela)

“Since the day you started discussing the sexual violence elimination bill, 10,000 more Indonesians have fallen victim to sexual violence. Protect our women and children. Pass the bill now!” read the message sent to the House of Representatives in the form of a 2-square-meter flower board by an activist on Thursday. Dozens of similar flower boards with bold messages from sexual abuse victims and victims’ families, from women’s rights activists and organizations have been appearing in front of the gate of the House in Senayan, Central Jakarta, since Thursday morning. The bold messages on the boards express the disappointment over House Commission VIII's slow work in deliberating the bill on the eradication of sexual violence. Coordinator for the Service Provider Forum (FPL) for the female victims of violence, Veni Siregar, one of the lead activists who ha...