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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers push conservative agenda through family resilience bill

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 20, 2020   /  08:11 pm
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A group of lawmakers have initiated a so-called family resilience bill that critics say is designed to push a conservative agenda in the world's largest Muslim-majority country. One controversial provision regulates a rigid role for husbands and wives, in an apparent setback to gender-mainstreaming efforts in the country over the past two decades -- which gained traction following the issuing of a Presidential Instruction (Inpres) on gender mainstreaming in 2000. Article 25 of the bill stipulates that wives are obliged to "take care of household affairs properly", in addition to maintaining the household's unity and serving her family members well. Meanwhile, the husband's duties are confined to supporting and protecting the family. Another of the bill's controversial articles aims to eliminate "sexual deviation", which, the bill says, is a th...