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Kartini, child marriage and COVID-19 challenges

Protect the children: Members of the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (PKBI) hold up signs that call for an end to child marriage in a rally held during Car Free Day on Jl. Pahlawan in Semarang, Central Java, on June 28, 2015(jateng./tribunnews.com)
Sudirman Nasir
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Makassar   ●   Thu, April 22 2021

Indonesians celebrated Kartini Day on Wednesday to remember the key role of Raden Ajeng Kartini of Jepara in Central Java, as a pioneer of the enlightenment movement in the archipelago during colonial times. Indeed, Kartini was among the first in the Dutch East Indies to promote the importance of accessing modern sciences and pursue progress, including among females.

Her letters to  JH Abendanon, who was in charge of implementing the ethical policy in the Dutch East Indies in the early 20th century, were later published in a Dutch magazine as From Darkness into Light, Women's Life in the Village and Letter of a Javanese Princess. These are inspiring manuscripts not just to girls and women but also to men and to those who are interested in modernity and progress.

Additionally, Kartini was a strong advocate for modern ed...

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