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Jakarta's Walk Against Rape

Today -Sunday, September 18 2011 at 3 pm (Western Indonesia Time, i.e. GMT +7) there will be walk action at Bundaran HI, Jakarta. This action is the response to the statement of West Aceh District Chief that mentioned when women don't dress according to Shariah law, they’re asking to get raped, and the response of Jakarta Governor that mentioned women should not wear miniskirts to avoid being raped -though the Governor himself has apologized on public for his offending comment.

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Patricia Otuka-Karner's picture

Dear Irmia,

thank you so much for sharing the action you are going to take! I am looking forward to reading on how it went! I hope it was a success and women of Jakarta were able to get their point of view heard!

we recently (World Peace Day, 21st September) had a walk as well, MARCH FOR PEACE - AGAINST SEXUALIZED VIOLENCE, in Kampala/Uganda. a big number of women were present and the day was a success. www.acfode.org

as to the comments by the West Aceh District Chief.

a Ugandan minister for Ethics once blamed CAR ACCIDENTS on women wearing miniskirts - saying that they distract drivers! although this comment is really really sad! it was almost tooooo hilarious to take it seriously. nevertheless, such statements are just worrying! if a public figure does not shy away from voicing such opinions out loud, what about the "ordinary men"!?
many here do believe, that women wearing miniskirts aski for being raped, women going out at night, ask for it, women taking alcohol ask for it...
some sub-counties have BY-LAWS that e.g. state that women are not ALLOWED to TALK to men who are not their family members for more than an hour in public!!!

would love to share and discuss more on what to do about such opinions... where to start with sensitization???

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