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International Women’s Day organizers: Beyond rhetoric

  • Sabina Puspita

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 13 2020   /  01:36 am
Sisters unite: Activists from dozens of organizations take part in the International Women’s Day rally on Sunday along Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta. They demanded the prevention of violence against women and the resolution of existing cases as well as the passage of the sexual violence elimination bill, among other policies.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Sisters unite: Activists from dozens of organizations take part in the International Women’s Day rally on Sunday along Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta. They demanded the prevention of violence against women and the resolution of existing cases as well as the passage of the sexual violence elimination bill, among other policies.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The organizers of the 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) rally ought to be featured as among the most resilient movers and shakers of Indonesian modern political history. Very few rally organizers in Jakarta ever managed to demonstrate a concerted peaceful action of a diverse group of people on the street and responsiveness to participants’ post-rally complaints. GERAK Perempuan (Women’s Movement against Violence Alliance) is not the average rally organizer and continues the energy of large protests by women in earlier years. Howeve...