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Women’s rights defenders tread noble but precarious path

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 30, 2020   /  03:27 pm
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Women’s rights activists from multiple organizations hold a long march in Thamrin, Jakarta, on March 8.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Despite working courageously to defend their rights and those of others, female human rights activists still receive little protection and scant recognition for their work. A recent report published by a coalition of women rights defenders found that female activists were prone to violence, both verbal and physical, threats and online intimidation, such as doxing. “Various reports have shown that women's human rights defenders are prone to violence both on individual and organizational levels,” Damaris of the Ume Daya Nusantara Foundation, a member of the coalition, said on Friday during an event marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. In addition to receiving threats of violence, Damaris said, female activists often faced criminalization, intimidation and stigma, particularly because Indonesian laws did not specifically recognize their rol...