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FemFest traces Indonesia’s feminism movement amid online criticism

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25 2019   /  12:27 am

Amid online criticism, the second Feminist Festival (FemFest 2019) has taken place peacefully, highlighting the history of the country’s feminism movement. FemFest 2019 was held at Wisma PKBI in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Nov. 23 to 24. This year’s FemFest adopted the theme “Made in Indonesia Feminism” in a bid to localize feminism, which many in the country consider a western principle and thus not in line with Indonesian values.Earlier this year, for instance, online campaigns launched by antifeminist group Indonesia without Feminists sparked debate on social media. The group framed the movement as, among others, a blasphemous western idea that was antithetical to Islamic values.Such a notion was misleading considering the country’s feminist movement dated back to the Dutch colonization era in the 1800s, during which women from the elite class had partic...