Commentary – By Arif Nurdiansah and Hindijani Novita in Jakarta
Indonesia is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), ratified in Law No. 7 of 1984. But almost 25 years later, how well are we honouring this commitment, especially the participation of women in the political realm?
Both when it comes to getting women elected and in getting their concerns onto the political agenda, there is much room for improvement.
Indonesia’s women make up 49.83 percent of the population, according to Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data from 2010. So women are our largest minority ¬ and yet we seem unable to meet the legally mandated quota of 30 percent women in the House of Representatives, as stipulated in Election Law No. 12 of 2003. Read more »