Lisa Cameron and Diana Contreras Suarez make the case for better policies for women’s empowerment and the national economy.

Ahead of the final debate before the election, Dr Asep Suryahadi assesses the key economic promises coming from either side.

Women’s contributions to fishing communities often go unnoticed. Dr Iqra Anugrah reports on several women who are engaging in policy advocacy to make a real difference for fishing communities.

Hundreds of Indonesian women marked International Women’s Day on 8 March by marching through Central Jakarta and demanding action against violence and harassment of women. Dr Monika Winarnita and Gavin Height take a look at the broad range of groups and individuals who participated.

President Joko Widodo’s administration has been no friend of workers over the past five years. What does this mean for the trade unions that supported him in 2014? Professor Michele Ford examines how labour issues are playing out in the 2019 elections.

How will the 2019 elections matter to labour unions, and how can unions influence the result? Dr Dave McRae chats to Professor Michele Ford in Talking Indonesia. Look out for new episodes every week until after the elections on 17 April.

The years-long dispute between Freeport and the government looks to be finally nearing resolution, with the mining giant agreeing to give a majority stake in its local unit to the government. But Nurkholis Hidayat and Valerie Tan write that while Freeport and the government continue to negotiate, the rights of Freeport’s thousands of local workers have been ignored.

Demonstrations on International Labour Day have recently featured somewhat surprising calls for the dissolution of the Industrial Relations Court. Dr Herlambang P Wiratraman looks at why the court – originally intended to provide greater protection for workers’ rights – has failed to live up to its promise.

The Joko Widodo government has expressed a desire to stop sending Indonesian domestic workers abroad. But how has it tried to manage the flow of citizens seeking employment overseas? What effect do bans and moratoriums have on the flow of migrant workers? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues and more with Dr Wayne Palmer in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Since mid-2015, the government has banned the placement of Indonesian domestic workers in 21 mainly Middle Eastern countries. But Wahyu Susilo, from Migrant Care, writes that the desire to work in the Middle East remains high, and workers who flout the ban are much more vulnerable to human trafficking and abuse.

During his first year in power, President Joko Widodo and several of his officials have invoked the spectre of foreigners seeking to interfere in Indonesian affairs. As Dr Robertus Robet writes, history shows that this is a strategy that bears considerable risks.