Women in Lhokseumawe demand protection, fulfillment of women’s rights

Serambi News – November 25, 2011
Campaign against violence against Women in Lhokseumawe (Antara)
Campaign against violence against Women in Lhokseumawe (Antara)

Lhokseumawe – Scores of women from various different organisations held an action to commemorate Anti-Violence Against Women Day in the Acehnese city of Lhokseumawe on Friday November 25.

During the street protest, which was centred on the Simpang Jam traffic circle, the women gave speeches and issued an ultimatum to the government demanding protection to the fulfillment of women’s rights.

“In order that all parties are able to implement regulations related to the protection and fulfillment of women’s rights”, said action spokesperson Safwani.

Safwani also read out a statement from the women of Lhokseumawe, which called for the socialisation of the women’s rights in order to reduce the level of sexual violence, rapes, and limitations on access to education and healthcare.

During the action, which continued for around half-an-hour and was watched over by police, the women handed out flowers to passing road users.

[Wanita Lhokseumawe Bagikan Bunga Peringati Anti Kekerasan Perempuan – Serambinews.com. Jumat, 25 November 2011. Translated by James Balowski.]