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Feminist Fest 2017 to be held at SMA 1…

With more than 700 people attending Women’s March Jakarta in March 2017, it is clear that feminism and women’s rights are beginning to be seen as important in Indonesia. Many of the participants in Women’s March Jakarta are new to feminism and are not yet very involved in the fight for women’s rights. Based on their requests, the Women’s March Jakarta organising committee will hold an event for the exchange of views and experiences: Feminist Fest 2017.

Feminist Fest is urgently needed, says Misiyah, the Director of KAPAL Perempuan Institute, one of Femfest’s partners. “In a society that is becoming more closed-off as a result of strengthening conservative ideology, we need a movement that is capable of opening up space for dialogue and fighting back against the gender-based oppression that has been covered up for so long,” says Misiyah.

Feminist Fest is organised by Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group (JFDG) at SMA 1 PSKD, Salemba, Central Jakarta, with support from tens of NGOs, communities, and individuals. Partners include KAPAL Perempuan, Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia (KPI), Peace Women
Across the Globe (PWAG), Indonesia Feminis, Hollaback! Jakarta, Lentera, INFID, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Rutgers WPF, Klinik Angsamerah, Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI), and many more.

According to Feminist Fest 2017 Committee Head, Anindya Restuviani, FemFest “aims to provide in-depth knowledge about feminism and its intersectional issues. Feminism can help us achieve gender justice and rights, and aims to free all people so that they can make their own choices about what is best for them. Additionally, the event hopes to encourage more people to become a part of the movement and struggle for gender equity in Indonesia.” 

Over the two days of Feminist Festival, two plenary sessions will be held, alongside five workshops and 15 panel discussions. NGOs and communities will also present about their work, poets can read their poetry during a slam session, and participants can view posters from Women’s March Jakarta. More than 30 speakers will discuss topics such as eco-feminism, reproductive and sexual health, gender-based violence, media, development, feminist allies, and public policy.

Feminist Fest 2017 will also be bringing 10 young feminists, both men and women, from outside Jakarta to attend the event, so that all participants can broaden their networks and share their experiences. The 10 fellows come from locations such as Papua, Maluku, and East Nusa Tenggara, and will have their full attendance-related costs covered by the festival.

For more information, please contact Kate Walton, Media Coordinator for Feminist Fest 2017: 0812 1232 4647 or katewalton.au@gmail.com