May 28, 2024
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IWD 2024
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IWD 2024: Political Women’s Representation Far from Expectations

The government’s fulfillment of women’s rights in politics from upstream to downstream is considered mere jargon. This was expressed by the Indonesian Women’s Alliance in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024. The Alliance considers that the commitment to fulfill women’s representation in politics is still far from expectations.

“In fact, in the 2024 elections, the majority of political parties do not meet the requirement for 30% representation of women as regulated in Law No. “7 of 2017 concerning Elections, and the General Election Commission (KPU) was proven to have violated the provisions of Article 460, paragraph, of the Election Law,” wrote the Alliance in a press release (8/2).

Even though women’s representation in politics is regulated by the Election Law, the Alliance is of the opinion that, since the rules affirming women’s representation were agreed upon, there has been no incident as serious as the 2024 Election. Where the majority of political parties do not comply with the rules and the KPU, as the election organizer, just allows violations to happen.

“We must respond to this challenge by making joint efforts to maintain democratic principles, protect women’s rights, and promote gender equality in Indonesia,” he wrote.

The Alliance also highlights the difficulty of advocating for women’s rights because many policies do not have a gender justice perspective. Over the last 10 years, the number of cases of sexual violence has increased, but women who are victims of violence often experience discrimination and

Over the last 10 years, the number of cases of sexual violence has increased, both in the private and public spheres. Women who are victims of violence often experience discrimination and re-victimization in the judicial process, making it difficult to obtain certainty and justice. The Sexual Violence Crime Law (TPKS), which is the hope of victims of sexual violence, is still hampered by implementing regulations that have never been a priority for discussion.

To guarantee the protection of women, the alliance demands the ratification of the Domestic Workers Protection Bill (RUU PPRT), the Indigenous Peoples Protection Bill, and the Anti-Discrimination Bill. The Alliance also views the importance of establishing the DKI Jakarta Legal Aid Regional Regulation Draft (Raperda) as well as implementing regulations that support the implementation of the TPKS Law. []