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The Remaking of Tradition: Sex, Lies & Politics (IFJ, Vol.3, 2015)

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IFJ-Vol3-Aug2015In this third edition, Indonesian Feminist Journal (IJF) presents a wide array of the work of several Indonesia´s feminist thinkers on the interplay between the traditional practices, politics, and women´s rights. Traces of cultural practices, tradition, custom and informal laws are still ubiquitous in the modern Indonesian society.

The dangers of some traditional practices, such as forced marriage, virginity tests, female genital mutilation or circumcision, and others, are even practiced in cities claimed to be more modern.

In November 2014, Indonesia was taken aback by the Police Department requiring virginity tests for female police recruits. Globally, female circumcision is still pervasive in many parts of the world. This and other similar cultural practices constitute a significant number of death causes in girls of Africa, and Central and South Asia. Almost all religions in the world are not yet free from the traces of practices that endanger the lives of children, women and sexual minorities.

To combat these harmful customs, UN Human Rights Committee has stated that, given the morals grow out of many social, philosophical and religious traditions, the freedom from cultural values, traditions and customs protecting morals must be based on principles that protect universality of human rights and are not derived from a single tradition (ICCPR, November 13, 2012).

To the contrary of the UN conclusions, religious and cultural rights are generally expressed as collective and communal, and then, at some point, these rights become unfriendly and uncaring to women and other vulnerable groups. Primacy of individual rights is suspected as something smelling “western” and not compatible with the conditions in Indonesia. At the same time, Indonesia adopts a system of laws and democracy upholding human rights and the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women).


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ABOUT: Indonesian Feminist Journal (IFJ) is an annual interdisciplinary publication in the English language that aims to circulate original ideas in gender studies. IFJ invites critical reflection on the theory and practice of feminism in the social, political, and economic contexts of the Indonesian society. We are committed to exploring gender in its multiple forms and interrelationships.

The journal encourages practical, theoretically sound, and (when relevant) empirically rigorous manuscripts that address real-world implications of the gender gap in Indonesian contexts. Topics related to feminism can include (but are not limited to): sexuality, LGBT questions, trafficking, ecology, public policy, sustainability and environment, human and labour rights/issues, governance, accountability and transparency, globalisation, as well as ethics, and specific issues related to gender study, such as diversity, poverty, and education.

IFJ is published by JURNAL PEREMPUAN, the first Indonesian feminist journal established in 1996. If you wish to learn more about the Jurnal Perempuan, please visit our History page, or go directly to Jurnal Perempuan webpage in the Indonesian language.

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