May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Gender

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

Expectant fathers

Men should be more involved in maternal and newborn health care

Supporting mothers-to-be

Community facilitators improve maternal and child health in Lombok

I'm still here

Forty-five years later, survivors are telling their stories about their suffering in detention 

The wives of Noordin Top

The media portrays women who marry terrorists as victims, but the reality is far more complex

The right to choose

Indonesian activists keep fighting to have abortion decriminalised

Not just a piece of paper

The state’s requirements for marriage registration disadvantage poor rural women

Winning a battle, losing the war

Drug users in Indonesia are made vulnerable by current drug laws

Chocolate Strawberry

An Indonesian film breaks new ground on the subject of teenage sexuality

Skin deep

Young Indonesians struggle to resist the power of the skin whitening industry

Political fashions

Timur Angin photo gallery

Living like kings

Working-class Singaporeans travel to Indonesia’s Riau Islands in search of a fantasy built around sex.

Glass ceiling in government

Women in the Ministry of Finance face significant obstacles to advancement

The forgotten cost of counter-insurgency in Aceh

KERRY BROGAN talks with two women whose husbands 'disappeared'.

The walking ghosts of West Java

PETER HANCOCK finds that women in a rural Nike factory are considerably worse off than those who work in other factories.

Rationality and the clitorectomy

A Spanish enquirer gets the catechism in an exclusive Jakarta suburb. MARGARET COFFEY was there too.

A fresh wind is blowing

Why is it so hard to remember the evils of the past? ROB GOODFELLOW explores the pain, and the exhilaration, of memory.

A heroine for humanity

There are dozens of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for human rights in Aceh. Here is a personal account of one such person.

Sulawesi's fifth gender

What if there were not just two genders, but five? In Indonesia, there are

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