Democratic Transition and Women’s Rights: Understanding Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in Indonesia
In 1998, after three decades of authoritarian rule, women’s organizations re-emerged across Indonesia in the participatory spaces opened up by the democratic transition and the decentralization process. This Brief outlines how women’s rights advocates have taken advantage of this renewed participation to influence policy change on the issues of violence against women and domestic work. Progress has been made thanks to the ability to forge broad-based alliances beyond women’s organizations. However, alliance and consensus can also collapse along the fault lines of custom and religion.