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IWD action in Yogya calls for end to discriminative laws, equal rights

Suara Merdeka - March 8, 2016

Yogyakarta – On Tuesday March 8 scores of students from the Women's Struggle Committee (KPP) held a protest action at the zero kilometre point in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta. The group demanded that all laws and regulations that discriminate against women be revoked.

In addition to this, according to action coordinator Pipin, all of the democratic rights belonging to men must also be given to women. They also called for assistance for single parents and for women's right to equal pay for equal work.

The KPP action was joined by students from various higher education institutions in the area and was held to commemorate International Women's Day (IWD) which falls on March 8.

In commemorating this historic day, the KPP action called for legal, political and social equality for women. During the action, they brought banners and posters with demands calling for equality for women. The action proceeded smoothly although it was watched over from a distance by security personnel.

The action also called for women to be able to control their own bodies because women have a basic right to decided whether or not they wish to prevent or terminate a pregnancy.

After giving speeches the protesters disbanded with students returning to their respective campuses under the watchful eye of police. (Sugiarto/CN41/SMNetwork)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Sambut Hari Perempuan Internasional Dengan Aksi.]

Source: http://berita.suaramerdeka.com/sambut-hari-perempuan-internasional-dengan-aksi/.

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