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Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Women have been hit harder by the pandemic. As Indonesia assumes leadership of the G20, it has a chance to do something about the problem.

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If Indonesia is going to lead global economic recovery from Covid-19, recovery plans must address gender inequality.  

Will Islamist sentiment smother Indonesia’s ‘me too’ movement in the education sector?

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Conservative Muslim groups have confusingly argued that a new regulation seeking to protect students from sexual abuse effectively promotes any sexual acts that involve consent.

Islamists back at work, pushing conservative gender politics as a ‘response’ to Covid-19

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The Prosperous Justice Party's failed attempt to promote polygamy as a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic was misogynistic and displayed a belief that women and girls can only participate in society as wives.

Talking Indonesia: domestic violence

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How serious is the problem of gender-based violence in Indonesia? Why has the 2004 Anti-Domestic Violence Law had a limited impact on the problem? Dr Annisa Beta discusses these issues and more with Balawyn Jones in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: transgender women and public space

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How have transgender women navigated public life in the world’s largest Muslim society? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Annisa Beta discusses how transgender women have negotiated citizenship and belonging in postcolonial Indonesia with Dr Benjamin Hegarty.

The female face of terrorism in Indonesia

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Recent terror attacks in Indonesia have involved women, but examinations of and responses to violent extremism too often neglect gender analysis.

Talking Indonesia: the women's movement after 1998

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What has been achieved in terms of women’s rights and equality in the post-authoritarian era in Indonesia? What are the issues driving the women’s movement today? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Kurniawati Hastuti Dewi in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

A personal religious choice: regions banned from forcing students to wear headscarves

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A new joint ministerial decision banning forced religious clothing in schools has been welcomed by activists. But in an increasingly conservative society, will headscarves continue to be viewed as compulsory?

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