By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia February 18, 2013 (AP)
A judge being interviewed for a Supreme Court job jokes that women might enjoy rape. A local official takes a second wife, a 17-year-old girl; he then quickly divorces her by text message. Both cases reflect attitudes toward women’s rights and safety that have persisted for years in this Southeast Asian archipelago nation of 240 million people. The difference now: Both officials are at risk of losing their jobs.
Women in this social-media-obsessed country have been rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women. The response is seen as a small step for women’s rights in Indonesia, where the government is secular and most people practice a moderate form of Islam.
In my opinion, I think it’s wonderful that women who are culturally made to feel inferior are now finding the strength to stand up and make a difference. They are using social media to stay informed, come together, and make positive changes that will affect the lives of the women in their country for the better. by kg
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