Category: Indonesia

Stories of Change: Shan Bibi Says Early Age Marriages Must End

by Tehreem Azeem

Forty-five-year-old Shan Bibi belongs to Ghora Khela village of district Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. She got married at a very young age. According to the customs of the area, it was not an unusual thing to happen. Her husband was not very welcoming towards her and treated her badly. She tried her…

Kalimantan Women Losing Their Children to Mine Pits

by Marrium Jameela

East Kalimantan, an Indonesian province in the east of the island of Borneo, is home of indigenous Dayak culture and rainforest areas like Kutai National Park. If we try to uncover the problems of local women in Kalimantan, we will find horrific stories of pain and miseries. Women, here, not only struggle against domestic violence…

How Social Media Is Romanticizing Child Marriage in Indonesia

by Dea Safira Basori

Last year in July, Indonesian netizens were shocked by an Instagram post that showed a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy posing together as a bride and groom. The photo was taken at a village in South Kalimantan province of Indonesia. The two teenagers were married after they met at a night market. Two months later, in…