Lowy Lecture Series: Foreign policy, defence and the federal election
Indonesia tanpa Feminisme: My Body is not Mine, but do I Know It?
- A/Prof. Linda Bennett - Nossal Institute for Global Health, Unimelb)
- Dina Afrianty - Research Fellow at La Trobe Law School
- Yuni Asrianty - Coordinator of Migrant Workers Task Force, Komnas Perempuan
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
5.30 – 8.00 PM
Arts West North Wing, Room. 556 (Lectorial Room II)
Please register (for catering purpose only) at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/indonesia-tanpa-feminisme-tickets-61280879761
*light refreshments will be provided
In mid-March 2019, Indonesian netizens and public was struck by the advent of an Instagram account with the account name: @Indonesiatanpafeminis (Indonesia without feminism). As controversial as the tagline is, this account states that ‘my body is not mine, but rather Allah’s’.
The idea to regulate women’s body, and whose ownership is it, had indeed been stretched for centuries since the dawn of civilization. Religions and cultural groups around the world put women’s body as battleground because from women’s body, lie their future generations. In modern time, nevertheless, the idea of regulating women’s body and claiming ownership of women’s body are still deemed important. Debates around women and their place in society seem to be one of the most contested affairs in many societies around the world.
As country with the largest Muslim population in the world, debates in Indonesia is highly dominated by political Islamist groups, such as those who initiated the @Indonesiatanpafeminis account. Due to heavy emphasis on religious and cultural debates on women’s body, the issue of women’s sexuality and reproductive health remains half-heartedly managed in policy, as it is easily clashed with the conservative views on the role of women in public and/or private spheres. One of the battleground is RUU PKS (Rancangan Undang-undang Penghapusan Kekerasan Seksual– Proposed Bill on the Elimination of Sexual Violence), where the debate is heavily framed in religious aspect instead.
In this monthly discussion, we expect to discuss the issue of “Indonesia tanpa feminisme”, from the perspective of feminism, religion and their influence in social and political realm of the country, as well as from the perspective of women’s sexuality and reproductive health situation in Indonesia.