18 March 2012

Protesters reject fuel price hikes, call for subsidy increases

KRjogja.com - March 17, 2012

Bawa Jerigen, Ibu Rumah Tangga Tolak Harga BBM Naik - KRjogja.com. Sabtu, 17 Maret 2012

Tomi Sujatmiko, Yogya -- Scores of housewives from the Political Union of the Poor (Persatuan Politik Rakyat Miskin, PPRM) demonstrated against the government's proposed fuel (BBM) price hikes in front of the Gedung Agung Presidential Palace in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Saturday March 17.

Uniquely, the protesters also brought jerrycans with the message "Reject the BBM increases" written on them.

9 March 2012

Round up news: International Women's Day 2012 - Indonesia

Gepari in front of Regional Parliamentary House Yogyakarta. Foto: Rani DL
Women activists in Yogyakarta reject unjust, oppressive capitalist system

Suara Merdeka - March 8, 2012

Ratusan Aktivis Perempuan Tolak Sistem Kapitalisme - Suaramerdeka.com. 08 Maret 2012

Yogyakarta – The commemoration of International Women's Day (IWD) in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Thursday was marked by a protest action by hundreds of women from the Indonesian Women's Movement (Gerakan Perempuan Indonesia, Gepari) voicing their demands on the grounds of the Yogyakarta Regional House of Representatives (DPRD).

7 March 2012

International Women’s Day in Indonesia: a struggle for liberation

Zely Ariane[1]

Protest Action against Sexual Harassment March 4th 2012
This year International Women’s Day in Indonesia is marked by an increase of attacks on women. The increasing frequency of violence against women, particularly sexual violence, and the recent government plan to raise the fuelprice  threatens and  burdens all women, especially poor women. Perempuan Mahardhika (Free Women) is a women's organization that has been trying to build a women's movement against all forms of oppression and exploitation caused by capitalism, patriarchy, and militarism. Fighting sexual harassment and economic policies which would further feminize poverty are parts of the important struggle for women's liberation in Indonesia.

6 March 2012

Toward International Women's Day 2012: From Home to the State Women Are Raped

'The state is also complicit in the rape of women'

Seruu - March 4, 2012

Negara Juga Memperkosa Perempuan - Seruu.com. Minggu, 4 Maret 2012

Jakarta -- International Women's Day (IWD) is commemorated every year on March 8. This afternoon, scores of demonstrators from the Free Women National Committee (Komite Nasional Perempuan Mahardhika, KNPM) held a free speech forum at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta.

The action, which was joined by scores of workers and women activists, took up the key issues that are yet to be resolved by the government such as women's battle against rape and sexual harassment in Indonesia.

5 March 2012

The state is complicit in rape and sexual violence against women

Free Women National Committee International Women's Day Statement - March 4, 2012

In the home and in the streets, women are being raped. The government and the parliament are ignoring cases of rape and are complicit in sexual violence against women.

According to data from the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Komnas), between 1998 and 2010 rape was the most common form of sexual violence, involving as many as 4,845 out of a reported 8,784 cases. And more than three-quarters of all incidents of sexual violence, as many as 70,115 out of 93,960 cases, were committed by individuals close to the victims such as fathers, husbands, older brothers and boyfriends. This makes us realise that being around the people closest to them is no guarantee that women can avoid sexual violence.