On 3 March, hundreds of Indonesian feminists took to the streets in the second Jakarta Women’s March, marching from the Sarinah intersection to the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta.
Organisers had a list of eight demands for the Indonesian government, including the promotion of gender equality in law making and public policy, fulfilment of women’s reproductive rights and elimination of gender-based violence, eradication of discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Indonesians, and increased representation and participation of women in politics.
Many of the posters and banners at the event referenced the draft revised criminal code, commonly called the RKUHP or RUU KUHP. The majority of the crowd was young, pleasing older feminists who have at times expressed concern that talented young feminists were not becoming involved in the women’s movement in large numbers.
President Joko Widodo responded to the event in an Instagram post, saying that Indonesia needed strong women for its development.
The march was initiated by the Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group, and supported by prominent women’s organisations, including the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Migrant Care, Kapal Perempuan, the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) and the Women’s Legal Aid Institute (LBH Apik).
Women’s Marches are being held in multiple cities across Indonesia to coincide with International Women’s Day, on 8 March.