Women's March protesters in Central Jakarta on Saturday (27/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Women's March in Jakarta


APRIL 27, 2019

Hundreds of women and men took part in Jakarta's third Women's March on Saturday. The colorfully dressed protesters, some in cosplay, carried posters with slogans in Indonesian and English which mostly criticized a pervasive rape culture in the country.

The young women and men gathered at the front of the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel on Jalan M.H. Thamrin at 7 a.m. and slowly made their way to the nearby National Monument. 

The annual march was delayed almost a month by the elections. It was organized by feminist groups in the capital, including the famously vocal Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group. 

Members of Amnesty International Indonesia, the Women's Institute (Institut Perempuan), the National Network for Domestic Workers' Advocacy (Jala PRT), the Indonesian Women Coalition (Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia) and Women’s Legal Aid (LBH APIK) also took part in the march. 

One of the protesters' main demands was for the Indonesian government to approve the long-delayed Elimination of Sexual Violence bill. 

Activists and protesters chant as they arrive in front of State Palace during Women
The State Palace is seen in the background during Saturday's Women’s March in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
People with disability shows her placard reads equality and diversity during the Women
A disabled marcher carries a poster advocating for equal rights. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman shows a placard reads : real human don
Many of the posters are in English, which reflects Jakartans' predilection for codeswitching. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters dance during the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester demand the Government to approve Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence during the Women
Many of them demand the government pass a long-delayed Elimination of Sexual Violence bill. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Marchers chant as they arrived during Women
Marchers chant their protest at Aspiration Park. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester holds a placard reads a catchphrase from Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti : For those who imprisoned rape victims. sink it! (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The famous Susi Pudjiastuti's 'Tenggelamkan' ('Sink it!') meme makes it into one of the posters. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters show the placard against the stereotype for Indonesian women during the Women
A photo of R.A. Kartini, one of Indonesia's pioneering feminists, at the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Marchers dressed as mbok jamu, doctor, mechanic, prostitute and the other profession during the Women
Marchers dressed up as a jamu peddler, a housewife and a prostitute. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children play and draw with chalk during women
'Let me be me' is one of the phrases chanted by protesters during the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)