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Activists in Yogya say women still treated as second-class citizens

Tribune Yogya - March 8, 2015

Khaerur Reza, Yogya – Because of the great many government policies that fail to side with women, women are still treated second-class citizens and only identified by the kitchen, the bed and washing.

This view was conveyed by an activist from the Commission for the Defense of Women (KPP) during a break in an action commemorating International Women's Day (IWD) at the zero kilometre point in front of the central post office in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Sunday March 8.

The activist said that although affirmative action policies have been implemented such as a 30 percent quota for women legislative candidates, these regulations have not however produced many policies that side with women.

"The fight for decent wages for women, children's rights, the right to leave and others are never fought for by the elite", she said.

Because of this therefore, in commemorating IWD the KPP is making eight demands. Namely, the provision of decent wages for women workers, menstruation and maternity leave for women workers and access to decent education for women.

The group also rejects virginity tests, opposes all forms of violence against women, is calling for the abolition of discrimination against transgender people, freedom of sexual orientation and equality for women in economic and political affairs.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was KPP Serukan Delapan Tuntutan Terkait Diskriminasi Perempuan.]

Source: http://jogja.tribunnews.com/2015/03/08/kpp-serukan-delapan-tuntutan-terkait-diskriminasi-perempuan.

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