Housewives in Lampung commemorate IWD with calls for government transparency

Tribune – March 8, 2018
Housewives gather for IWD in Lampung - March 8, 2018 (Tribune)
Housewives gather for IWD in Lampung - March 8, 2018 (Tribune)

Hanif Mustafa, Bandar Lampung – International Women’s Day (IWD) in the North Sumatra city of Bandar Lampung was commemorated in a number of different ways.

Hundreds of housewives (IRT) from the Lampung Indonesian People’s Struggle Secretariat (SPRI) held a peaceful action in front of the Lampung City Integrated Services Building on Thursday March 8.

They were demanding government transparency in recording the integrated database (BDT) because the BDT relates to recipients of the Family Hope Program (PKH) [a poverty elevation program] and the non-cash rice social assistance program (rastra) from the Social Affairs Department.

According to Tribune Lampung’s observations, before holding the action at the municipal government, the women held a long-march from the Adipura Monument traffic circle to the Bandar Lampung government office complex. Following this, they moved off to the Lampung governor’s office.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was Hari Perempuan Internasional, Ratusan IRT Malah Demo Pemkot Bandar Lampung.]