Women's Rights to Gain Spotlight at Upcoming FemFest in Jakarta

Women wear blood-stained kebayas at the National Monument, or Monas, complex in Central Jakarta during a march to protest and raise awareness about violence against women in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 3:27 PM August 21, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. Following the success of the Women's March in Jakarta earlier this year, the Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group, or JFDG, is planning another event, the so-called Feminist Fest, at the SMA 1 PKSD senior high school in Salemba, Central Jakarta, on Aug. 26-27.

More than a thousand people participated in the Women's March to demand equality for women and minority groups in the archipelago. JFDG hopes to attract even more participants and foster new discussions at their upcoming FemFest. 

"FemFest will aim to provide in-depth knowledge about feminism and its intersectional issues. Feminism can help us achieve gender justice and rights, and aims to free all people so that they can make their own choices about what is best for them," said Anindya Restuviana, head of FemFest's organizing committee.

"We hope the event will encourage more people to become a part of the movement and struggle for gender equality in Indonesia," she added.

Misiyah, director of the Jakarta-based women's rights advocacy group KAPAL Perempuan Institute, one of FemFest's partners, also emphasized the urgency and importance of holding dialogues on feminism as a way to fight against misogynistic social structures that limit women's freedoms.

"In a society that is becoming more closed-off as a result of strengthened conservative ideology, we need a movement that is capable of opening up space for dialogue and fighting back against the gender-based oppression that has been covered up for so long," Misiyah said.

The discussion will include two plenary sessions, five workshops and 15 panel discussions. More than 30 speakers are slated to talk on topics ranging from eco-feminism, reproductive and sexual health to gender-based violence.

FemFest participants will also be able to view posters from the previous Women's March, engage with presentations from non-governmental organizations based in the capital and even attend a slam poetry session.

The festival will also sponsor 10 talented young women from outside Jakarta to attend the festival and interact with some of the movement's most prominent, Jakarta-based leaders.

Festival tickets can be purchased on the official site here.




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