Women in high office: Indonesia 8, Australia 1

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Women in high office: Indonesia 8, Australia 1

Indonesia 8, Australia 1

Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo has appointed eight women to his cabinet, vastly outdoing the Australian government when it comes to female representation.

The humble furniture maker-turned president, more accustomed to carving wooden cabinets than those of the political kind, will embark on his reformist agenda with plenty of female input, including from former Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands Retno Marsudi as Foreign Minister.

Australia, meanwhile, has just one female cabinet member – Marsudi’s counterpart, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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