Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

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Written by Jewel Topsfield, and was originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald,
Apr 20, 2016

“To be honest I’m a little bit allergic to Kartini Day,” says one of Indonesia’s leading feminists, Julia Suryakusuma.
“I don’t want to be judgmental about someone who lived so long ago and is dead, but she went against her principles. We shouldn’t be focused on Kartini, we should be focused on gender equality.”
Ms Suryakusuma is a feminist pioneer in Indonesia. She coined the phrase “state ibuism”, an ideology that defined women as wives and mothers during the New Order.

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