Indonesia's had gender quotas in parliament for years - why aren't they working?

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Indonesia's had gender quotas in parliament for years - why aren't they working?

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From her home in Jakarta, Permaswari Wardani proudly holds up an intricate hand-drawn comic.

It’s her humorous take on what she sees as the wrongs in Indonesian politics today.

The 38-year-old architect hopes the run of 5,000 copies – leading to donations – will help propel her to an upper house seat in her country’s parliament, within the week.

She’s running for the PSI, or Indonesian Solidarity Party, a young party focusing on women’s rights.

Women account for nearly half its candidates in legislative elections, to be held on the same day as the presidential poll on 17 April. More than 193 million people are eligible to vote.

“I feel confident,” she tells SBS News. I believe Indonesians want change and want to see better electoral outcomes.”

Click here to read the full article published by SBS News on 16 April 2019.

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