Jakarta – International Women’s Day (IWD) was commemorated by various different elements of society who held a demonstration in the vicinity of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday March 8.
During the action, the different elements that made up the International Women’s Day United Struggle Committee (KPP IWD) demanded equality and welfare for women, particularly migrant workers.
The hundreds of KPP IWD supporters came from a several different mass organisations including the National Labour Movement Centre (SGBN), the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta), Free Women (Perempuan Mahardika), the Jakarta Transportation Front (Frontjak) and the Indonesian Migrant Workers Trade Union (SBMI).
In speeches the KPP IWD called on the government to end acts of discrimination and violence against women workers. Joining the action was a migrant worker named Nuraini who was paralyzed after being tortured by her employer in Kuwait.
After holding the action at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, the protesters moved off to the nearby State Palace at around 11.30am.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Demonstrasi Warnai Peringatan Hari Perempuan Internasional.]