Jan 30, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

Society

Breaking free in gay Paris

Some gay Indonesians move overseas to lead a more simple and openly gay life

Pelakor and Instagram

Language around extramarital affairs on social media punishes women and lets men off the hook

Reformasi’s broken promises

Sexual minorities increasingly feel left out of Indonesia’s democratisation processes

AIDS as an ‘entry point’ for LGBT rights discourse

Concern for pregnant women has increased HIV/AIDS awareness, but to the detriment of some other groups and causes

Bandung, city of human rights?

Despite stated goodwill by authorities, intolerance towards minority groups is growing in Bandung

Contraception at a crossroads

Indonesia’s 50-year-old family planning program has been a great success but is struggling to adapt with women’s needs

Hunger and culture in West Papua

Oil palm projects are causing hunger in Merauke, both literal and symbolic

Drugs and drug policy

Drug use in Indonesia has a long history

Crystal meth users in Indonesia

Not all users of sabu-sabu are dependant on it, but their experiences are ignored by the law

Drugs and the death penalty

Indonesia’s ill-informed war on drugs endangers and ends lives rather than saving them

Criminal patients

People who use drugs occupy an ambiguous position in Indonesian government rhetoric

Photo essay: Woman to woman

A unique drug rehabilitation centre in Bogor helps women regain their independence

Cannabis, for starters

The growing support for cannabis decriminalisation in Indonesia could both help and hinder broader drug reform

Bogus redemption

Mudik forms a bogus redemption for many precarious workers amid a lack of decent jobs in both rural and urban areas

Bangun! Banjir!

Seorang antropolog Belanda tinggal di permukiman kumuh di bantaran kali Jakarta untuk memahami bagaimana warga di sana hidup berdampingan dengan banjir

Wake up! Flood!

A Dutch anthropologist lived in a Jakarta riverside slum to learn how residents there cope with constant flooding

Aging remarkably

A lifelong activist and retired midwife is teaching her peers to stay engaged… and not burden their children

Passing it on

On a recent study trip, journalism student Lisa Favazzo met two people giving back to their communities in extraordinary ways

Electoral (in)equity

More female candidates won’t mean more women in parliament

Gaining the grassroots vote

The urban poor and workers unions are looking to local government to improve their lot

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