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Policewomen struggle for recognition amid force's poor image

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  10:24 am
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Members of the women's officer corps are on standby at the National Monument (Monas) complex in Central Jakarta on Nov. 4, 2016.(JP/Callistasia Anggun Wijaya )

For Brig. Indah, the opportunity to become a police officer was a dream come true and being sworn in five years ago remains one of her proudest moments.   “We are trained to not only be mentally strong but also physically strong. This is not a job in which we ask that women be tolerated but we demand that they not be seen as inferior to men,” Indah told The Jakarta Post recently. However, as much as women have become an integral part of the police force in Jakarta, the number of them on the force remains low compared to their male counterparts, with a decrease seen in the last few years.  Based on data from the Jakarta Police’s human resources, there were only 1,726 policewomen as of August, accounting for 5 percent of the force’s 31,526 members. The number of policewomen had declined from 1,871 in 2017 and 1,764 in 2018. Meanw...