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Monday, March 24, 2014
Women in parliament key for gender equality
The meaningful role women should play in parliament is to have an impact in changing the nature of politics and to create more honest government. In a bid to achieve gender equality and promote womens rights in Indonesia, the country needs to put...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Female candidates will face uphill battle in 2014 election in Indonesia
Despite efforts to increase the number of women in politics, they still face an uphill battle to join the male-dominated political world, a political expert has said. Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) political analyst Siti Zuhro said women in...
Monday, December 30, 2013
Women in South Asia: Looking back at 2013, and ahead to 2014
Swarna Rajagopalan takes a look at the events that shaped women's rights and gender issues in South Asia in the last year, and what changes and developments we might see in the new year. 2013 witnessed a new awareness about sexual and gender-...
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Number of women legislators expected to double, Indonesia
Women’s activists in Bali expect that female representation in the Provincial and Regional Councils could go up to 15 percent next year from its current 7.5 percent, which is the lowest in the country. Democracy and women’s activist from Bali Sruti...
Sunday, October 27, 2013
RI’s women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards
Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women's equality and protection of women against discrimination. “The N-Peace Awards for Indonesia this year is awarded to Bapak Suprayoga Hadi and...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
International Conference on ASEAN women. Empowerment: Issues and Challenges
The world community presently can see women become the head of the states, CEOs, bank governors and important figures in certain organization. However, equally true, there are a large number of women around the world who are still struggling with...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Rubiyanti Khalifah
Rubiyanti Khalifah, country representative of AMAN in Indonesia. AMAN is an organization working for peacebuilding through increasing the capacity and participation of women. iKNOW Politics: Women are often underrepresented in peace processes. What...
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Emma Yohanna
I am Emma Yohanna and I’m from Padang, Indonesia. I am currently one of the 10 candidates running in the municipal elections for the town of Padang, where I hope to win and become mayor. I am also the first woman candidate for this position. It will...
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Megawati wants to see woman president, Indonesia
Chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Megawati Soekarnoputri, has urged more women to join politics in the hope that some of them would be the presidential candidates of the future. “We should have another woman...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Finally, Megawati’s Silence Truly is Golden
It is still fresh in our memory how dreadfully the media treated Megawati after she took leadership of the PDI-P in 1993. The mockery mounted during her tenure as vice president from 1999 to 2001 and as president from 2001 to 2004.  Those were...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Surabaya's Mrs. Mayor: Indonesia's Best-Kept Secret
Here, in Indonesia's second-largest city, legend tells of a titanic battle between Sura, the great white shark, and Baya, the crocodile. Meeting in a river one day, the two creatures fought ferociously for supremacy of the animal kingdom. The place...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
The dilemma for female candidates in Indonesia
The 30 percent quota requirement for women was legally reaffirmed by the Constitutional Court earlier this year. This is certainly good news for women hoping to run for seats in the upcoming legislative election, as the ruling has reinforced the...
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Indonesia Penalizes Parties in Fight for Women
When Diah Pitaloka took over the youth wing of Indonesia’s third-biggest political party two years ago, her male colleagues addressed her as “Pak,” which in Indonesian means “Mr.” The world’s most populous Muslim country will now penalize political...
Friday, July 12, 2013
Have more women as decision-makers’ levels, Borneo
KUCHING:More needs to be done to promote gender equality to strengthen women’s representation and allow women equal access to decision-making positions at all levels of society. Highlighting this yesterday, Minister of Women, Family and Community...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Democratic Party Looking for Women Candidates in Indonesia
The Democratic Party of Indonesia (DPI) is seeking to attract more women to participate in the upcoming presidential candidate convention. Nova Riyanti Yusuf, member of the DPI, said: “Personally, I would like women to come forward at the convention...
Monday, April 29, 2013
Law Continues to Treat Women as Objects, Indonesia
With no strict provisions on female representation, legislation often overlooks the rights of women, according to expert witnesses at a judicial review of the 2012 Legislative Election Law at the Constitutional Court on Thursday. According to the...
Friday, April 19, 2013
Women activists demand higher political representation, Indonesia
Representatives of the government and the House of Representatives told a court hearing on Tuesday that the new legislative election law did not sideline women and was devised to empower them politically. They were responding to women activists’...
Monday, March 11, 2013
Caucus wants more women in politics, Indonesia
The Indonesian Women’s Caucus for Politics (KPPI) in Bali has started a movement for the greater representation of women in the legislature for the 2014 general elections.  The caucus will push political parties for a minimum of 30 percent women...

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