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Jakarta Post

Religion and the dilemma of working women

  • Lies Marcoes


Jakarta   /   Mon, March 8 2021   /  01:00 am
A woman working on a laptop at home.(Shutterstock/Africa Studio)

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD), which falls March 8, is very interesting: Choose to Challenge. Historically, too, IWD, which was first celebrated in 1910 and made official by the United Nations in 1975, began with the stance of female workers who chose to resist challenges. It was initiated by female factory workers, supported by labor union and feminist activists, who teamed up to struggle for the rights of women as workers. They fought for decent pay, safe working conditions, and women’s political right to have a voice in parliament. They demanded the right to vote and to run for parliament, so that the interests of female workers would be voiced and heard. In the context of “work”, the phrase “choose to challenge” as the theme of this year’s IWD is fundamental for women. In the culture of Indonesia, if analyz...