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Jakarta Post

University-backed program gives transgender people leg up in job market

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 26 2020   /  01:13 am

December 2018 is the most memorable time for 32-year-old Iyet Kartikasari. It was the month she was crowned Miss Prada Indonesia, one of Jakarta’s beauty pageants for transgender people.She became the sixth winner of the annual contest first held in 2013 by the Jakarta Transgender Community (KWJ).“I’ve always wanted to be a model,” she told The Jakarta Post recently.Originally from Jambi, Iyet moved to Jakarta in 2011 in a bid to pursue her dream amid pressure from her family that she said was quite conservative about gender norms. Although lauding her family for accepting her for who she was, she recalled times when her family demanded she become ‘a real man’.It was only when she joined a program called “Yes! I Can” in 2017, which introduced her to fellow transgender women, that she opened her eyes to violence against transgender people in Indonesia.“I met fellow trans...