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Jakarta Post

Contextualizing women’s issues in experiences, literature

  • Shadine Taufik


Jakarta   /   Wed, August 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Activists from various women's organizations took action at the HI roundabout, Jakarta, Sunday, 1/12/2019. They invited the community to reject all forms of violence against women.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

One main criticism of the feminist movement in Southeast Asia is its exclusivity, which has been dominated by the perception of the white, liberal biological female. During the Isyarat Feminisme Dekolonial (Gesture of Decolonial Feminism) session of the Etalase Pemikiran Perempuan(A Window to Women’s Thoughts) online feminist festival, which ran from July 24 to 26, Indonesian feminists brought this criticism into a discussion. Led by writers Martha Hebi, Erni Aladjai, Citra Hasan and anthropologist Rhidian Yasminta Wasaraka, this session addressed the various experiences of women across the Indonesian archipelago. The topics covered varied greatly, providing insight into different viewpoints and methods of cultural preservation. Martha exposed the fragile state of the feminist movement in Sumba, brought about by years of patriarchal domination in social s...