Ivan Aditya, Yogya – Scores of demonstrators from the Central Java and Yogyakarta Province Advocacy Circle for Women (Link-AP) held an action to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) at the Yogyakarta Monument on Saturday March 8.
“To this day case of violence against women still occur frequently and the handling of cases is still not maximal. Certainly there are laws that regulate acts of violence against women and children under the age of 18 but for cases involving adult women these are still often ignored and deemed to be an issue of mutual consent”, said action coordinator Maria Suci during a break in the action.
In 2012 there were 303 recorded cases of violence against women in Yogyakarta and 326 cases in 2013. The action also sought to promote women legislative candidates in the 2014 elections who will be able pay attention to and struggle for women’s rights.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]