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Jakarta Post

New minister for women's empowerment ‘could lead’ fight for urgent reforms

  • Ati Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 25, 2019   /  04:53 pm
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Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, better known as Bintang Puspayoga, greets the press during the announcement of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet in Jakarta on Wednesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The new minister for women’s empowerment and child protection is in a good position to lead continued efforts to raise the legal marrying age and to get the sexual violence eradication bill passed into law, human rights activists have said. These two measures, the activists claim, are urgent steps needed for women and girls, to follow up earlier actions by the government and the House of Representatives in the 2014-2019 period.  Azriana Manalu, chairperson of the National Commission for Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan), said on Thursday that the ministry under newly sworn-in Minister I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati “could lead” urgent measures to ensure the legal marrying age for girls is increased from 16 to 19 in the planned revision of the 1974 Marriage Law. The law currently stipulates the minimum marrying age for boys is 19. Just before the end...