How does the government justify the increasing restrictions on freedom of expression that have occurred under President Joko Widodo? How do human rights activists respond? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Ken Setiawan in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Following their post on the recent International Women’s Day march, Dr Monika Winarnita and Gavin Height report on the Women’s March Jakarta, which saw even greater numbers turn out for action against sexual violence.

Who are the women at the forefront of the new wave of conservative female activism? What motivates them and what are their main goals and strategies? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dyah Ayu Kartika in the latest episode of the Talking Indonesia podcast.

The struggle to convince a re-elected Jokowi government to abandon its dead-end policies in Papua will be much more difficult without the faith, vision and determination of Neles Tebay, writes Dr Richard Chauvel.

Bali is home to a vibrant environmental movement involving collaboration between activists, artists and musicians. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Edwin Jurriens about the main players and how they are using art and music to promote change.

“Istirahatlah Kata-Kata”, or “Solo, Solitude”, is a moving depiction of the life of dissident poet and activist Widji Thukul during a period of self-imposed exile under the New Order. Elly Kent presents a lovely review of the film, which has been immensely popular since its release on 19 January.

On 10 December, Indonesia lost one of its most passionate, outspoken and committed public intellectuals and activists: George Junus Aditjondro. Professor Ariel Heryanto reflects on the rich and colourful life of his friend and colleague, who died in Palu, Central Sulawesi, at the age of 70.

Nine women from Central Java captured the nation’s attention last week when they encased their feet in cement blocks and demanded to meet President Joko Widodo. Hendri Yulius writes that despite the subordination of women in Indonesian society, women and mothers have on several occasions been key drivers of social change.