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Breaking down patriarchy to end violence against women

  • Rita Widiadana

    Journalist covering women and children’s rights issues

Denpasar/Bali   /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  01:23 am

JP/Anggie AngelaI Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati was one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s surprise appointees as minister for women’s empowerment and child protection, replacing Yohana S. Yembise.Earlier she was known only as the wife of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) veteran politician Anak Agung Ngurah Puspayoga, the former cooperatives minister, former deputy governor of Bali and former Denpasar mayor.With a limited track record in women and child’s right issues, Bintang faces questions about her ability to advance the lives of women, who comprise half of Indonesia’s 271 million people, and about her ability to protect the rights of 81 million of children, one third of the population.  In Bali, activists for women and children expressed both optimism and concern. Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women's Association for Justice (LBH-APIK) Bali ch...