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