Linda Rae Bennett

Dr Linda Rae Bennett is a medical anthropologist who has worked on gender, sexuality, and reproductive and sexual health and rights in Indonesia for the past 20 years. Her recent book, Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia, won the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize from the AQA for outstanding edited volume.

Many vulnerable community members lack formal or legal identity, write Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennett and Setiyani Marta Dewi, meaning that they cannot access government social assistance programs implemented in response to Covid-19.

Constant reporting on the potential for “disaster” has failed to acknowledge that many of the factors that amplify the risks of Covid-19 for the Indonesian population are structural, writes Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennett.

Infertility is a major problem in Indonesia and this is reflected in the rapidly growing numbers of Indonesians presenting to infertility clinics. But as Dr Linda Rae Bennett writes, doctors’ assumptions about sexual morality are having a significant impact on the quality of care women experience.

Cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer among Indonesian women but low cost cervical cancer screening is only available in eight of Indonesia’s 34 provinces. Dr Linda Rae Bennett reports on a new collaboration that hopes to lay the groundwork for developing a free vaccination program for human papillomavirus, an established cause of cervical cancer.