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Conservative Muslims fight for women's empowerment, but with limits

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 7 2020   /  12:51 am

Maimon Herawati is an accomplished woman who believes in equal opportunity for women. She finished her master's degree at Abertay University in the United Kingdom in 2003, securing tenure as a lecturer in mass communication science in West Java's Padjadjaran University and then juggling her family life with her social and political activities.She has participated in various activities in her community, including the Free Palestine movement.Maimon is one of many empowered women who have been politically active but have worked against the feminist movement in Indonesia, including by protesting against a bill that is intended to eradicate sexual violence. Such women have been in a cultural clash against Indonesian feminists on several other issues, like the Pornography Law and, most recently, the family resilience bill.The two warring groups both have highly educated women as members who ex...