The concept of “woman” has long been misinterpreted by the deeply rooted patriarchal culture. In Java, especially, there has been a never-ending debate about women’s position in society. Do women simply exist as a subordinate to men, or do they naturally have a say in determining their own destiny?
This question was also once raised by Kartini, a Javanese literacy activist, about a century ago. Back then, women were not allowed to pursue an education and were forced to get married in their teenage years. However, since Kartini dared questioning the culture, and then took further action to build a female school, the history of women's emancipation in this land, had begun.
Unfortunately, gender equality is still a remote target in Indonesia. From the Global Gender Gap Reports, Indonesia’s rank in gender equality has fallen from 68th in 2006 to 85th in 2018. Evidently, there is still strong discrimination against women that we must fight against.
Driven by the same spirit as Kartini, TEDxMlatiWomen, as the first TEDxWomen ever held in Yogyakarta, aims to empower the local community in terms of gender-related issues. Despite the raising awareness in this matter, more and more actions need to be taken in order to unravel the taboos which have long been left unspoken, which urgency is denied by this society. In line with this year’s TEDWomen’s theme Bold + Brilliant, we wish to give an inspiration to this community and encourage people to at least start raising questions about these issues. We also wish to rewrite the rules of Javanese social construct which have subtly imprisoned the way women express themselves.
TEDxMlatiWomen is a platform, in which the women of Yogyakarta can together get empowered and inspired by our chosen speakers. This may as well be a place in which people can gather to discuss about the current women matters, or merely serve as a scene where everyone can find like-minded people so that they will no longer feel that they are on their own. Instead of simply being a one-time event, TEDxMlatiWomen desires to also have a long-term impact on the improvement of gender equality in Yogyakarta, especially in Mlati area.
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