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'No more delays': Activists pin hopes on passing of sexual violence bill

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, January 17, 2021   /  05:49 pm
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Moment of silence: A women’s group activist arranges shoes during the event Shoes in Silence, held to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, outside the House of Representatives on Nov. 25, 2020. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Women’s rights activists expressed their wish for 2021 to be the year when the sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS) will finally be passed after years-long deliberations. In a plenary meeting on Thursday, the House of Representatives and the government agreed to include the bill on this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) list after removing it from last year’s. Dian Novita from the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association For Justice (LBH APIK) — one of the few leading organizations in Indonesia that focus on women's rights advocacy, including for victims of violence — said the inclusion of the bill in this year’s Prolegnas was good news. “We’ve been disappointed by the policymakers multiple times as they have failed to discuss this bill, including the substantial level of its issues,&...