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How prostitutes benefit from a union in Indonesia: sex workers protected and taught new skills

P3SY was set up to help prostitutes deal with the threat of sexually transmitted diseases, but now it also helps the women develop new skills and fights a government that want to close down all the country’s red-light districts

22 Oct 2018 - 12:39PM

P3SY was set up to help prostitutes deal with the threat of sexually transmitted diseases, but now it also helps the women develop new skills and fights a government that want to close down all the country’s red-light districts

How prostitutes benefit from a union in Indonesia: sex workers protected and taught new skills
Virginity tests put Indonesian women off military service; often performed by men, they are seen as degrading

Often performed by male doctors, the tests have been labelled degrading and a violation of human rights, and are keeping some women from applying in a country where only 5 per cent of active soldiers and police officers are female.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Often performed by male doctors, the tests have been labelled degrading and a violation of human rights, and are keeping some women from applying in a country where only 5 per cent of active soldiers and police officers are female.

Virginity tests put Indonesian women off military service; often performed by men, they are seen as degrading
2018 Asian Games: five things to see in Jakarta, and where to stay, if you’re visiting for the tournament, or any time

From the Dutch colonial-era Old Town to the bustle of Chinatown, and a wealth of history at the National Museum, there’s plenty to see between Asian Games contests in the city some call the ‘big durian’. Just mind the traffic

11 Jul 2018 - 6:14PM

From the Dutch colonial-era Old Town to the bustle of Chinatown, and a wealth of history at the National Museum, there’s plenty to see between Asian Games contests in the city some call the ‘big durian’. Just mind the traffic

2018 Asian Games: five things to see in Jakarta, and where to stay, if you’re visiting for the tournament, or any time
Islamist militant prisoners freed in Indonesia turn a new leaf via schemes to change their radical beliefs and return them to society

Non-profit and state groups work to deradicalise jailed Islamists militants and empower them to make an honest living, but critics say such schemes fail to reach hardliners and many who take part had already abandoned radicalism

29 Jun 2018 - 8:46AM

Non-profit and state groups work to deradicalise jailed Islamists militants and empower them to make an honest living, but critics say such schemes fail to reach hardliners and many who take part had already abandoned radicalism

Islamist militant prisoners freed in Indonesia turn a new leaf via schemes to change their radical beliefs and return them to society
Indonesia’s fishermen turn to shark finning to satisfy demand for shark’s fin soup and earn some extra money

Shark finning – slicing the fins off live sharks, then dropping them back into the ocean to die – earns fishing crews millions of rupiah, with most fins exported to markets including Hong Kong and Singapore for use in shark’s fin soup

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Shark finning – slicing the fins off live sharks, then dropping them back into the ocean to die – earns fishing crews millions of rupiah, with most fins exported to markets including Hong Kong and Singapore for use in shark’s fin soup

Indonesia’s fishermen turn to shark finning to satisfy demand for shark’s fin soup and earn some extra money
Indonesia to criminalise homosexual and extramarital sex under proposed law changes

If the parliament vote in favour of amendments to the criminal code, same-sex relations and sex outside wedlock will be criminalised. Critics fear it will also limit free speech and sex education

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

If the parliament vote in favour of amendments to the criminal code, same-sex relations and sex outside wedlock will be criminalised. Critics fear it will also limit free speech and sex education

Indonesia to criminalise homosexual and extramarital sex under proposed law changes
Why niqab is being worn by more Muslim women in Indonesia, and a secular nation’s sometimes hostile response to full-face veil 

Wearing a full-face veil in a country where most Muslim women choose either a hijab or no headscarf at all is as much a cultural as a religious choice, and one being promoted and defended by groups such as the Niqab Squad

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Wearing a full-face veil in a country where most Muslim women choose either a hijab or no headscarf at all is as much a cultural as a religious choice, and one being promoted and defended by groups such as the Niqab Squad

Why niqab is being worn by more Muslim women in Indonesia, and a secular nation’s sometimes hostile response to full-face veil 
Indonesian TV censorship: cartoons cut, athletes blurred as conservative Islam asserts itself and broadcasters fear sanctions

Kissing scenes in Shaun the Sheep, swimwear in Doraemon, even a female athlete on CNN – Indonesian TV censors are ramping things up, and internet streaming could be next. Some parents, though, welcome the oversight

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Kissing scenes in Shaun the Sheep, swimwear in Doraemon, even a female athlete on CNN – Indonesian TV censors are ramping things up, and internet streaming could be next. Some parents, though, welcome the oversight

Indonesian TV censorship: cartoons cut, athletes blurred as conservative Islam asserts itself and broadcasters fear sanctions
The plight of domestic helpers falsely accused of crimes by unscrupulous employers

While some foreign domestic helpers do commit crimes, others who are unaware of their rights in the countries where they work can be tricked into incriminating themselves, say NGOs helping workers charged with offences

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

While some foreign domestic helpers do commit crimes, others who are unaware of their rights in the countries where they work can be tricked into incriminating themselves, say NGOs helping workers charged with offences

The plight of domestic helpers falsely accused of crimes by unscrupulous employers