Jan 27, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

Gender

Review: Dancing the Feminine

A look into Indonesian migrant women, identity, and cultural performances. 

A feminist trajectory of literary influences

A writer pays homage to the women writers and intellectuals who paved the way for others

Review: Women, Sexual Violence and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-66

Pohlman’s study provides sensitive and powerful testimony of the impact of this violence on women and girls

Enduring impunity

The reality for women survivors of conflict-related violence in Indonesia does not match the rhetoric

New aromas

'Fragrant literature' is giving way to a diversity of literary voices and identities

Photo essay: Men you might know

Hansen's photo essay captures the faces of the men of Salatiga, Central Java

A woman’s place

Educated urban youth continue to express gendered work–family expectations

Film review: Tanah Mama

A new documentary about a Papuan woman’s daily struggle to survive opens debate on the grave issues affecting her society

Film review: Bitter Honey

Robert Lemelson’s latest documentary film takes his audience inside the lives of the women, men and children living in polygamous families in Bali

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Fantasising romance overseas

Transgender Indonesian migrants are looking for romance and security in Europe, but nothing is easy 

Photo essay: Positive is negative

HIV/AIDS is posing an ever greater threat to the health and welfare of people in the highlands of Papua

Lives endangered

Three stories of people with HIV/AIDS in the central highlands of Papua show that both the government and community have a long way to go in confronting this major epidemic

Herstory in art

Titarubi’s art challenges masculinity in Indonesian visual arts and beyond

Indonesia’s secret police weapon

Perfectly coiffed hair and rose-pink cheeks underpin Polri’s latest policing tactic

Ignorance that kills

Many Indonesian women face great difficulties in accessing safe terminations of unwanted pregnancies

We are the blessed ones

Activists work to change men’s interpretations of Islam that justify their superiority at home

Repairing the damage

Safe havens and abuser counselling helping to reduce domestic violence cases in East Nusa Tenggara

The winds of change

Men in Pekanbaru and Makassar are slowly changing their minds about domestic violence

Supporting syariah, advancing women

The life and work of an Islamic teacher in Aceh shows that the struggle for gender equality is about much more than syariah.

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