|Dozens of mass action stood in front of the UMM Central Library to hold a free forum. (Photo: Special)|
Commemorating International Women's Day which falls today, Friday (8/3), the Muhammadiyah Student Association (IMM) "Aufklarung" Commissariat of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Muhammadiyah (UMM) held a longmarch and free pulpit. The action was held in three crowd points. There were at the UMM Central Library, in front of Campus III UMM and in front of the Landungsari Terminal. Followed by dozens of students from across the department.
"Looking at the conditions of women today, many of us are not aware of the practices of discrimination, exploitation, sexual violence and verbal or non-verbal violence that happen around us. These problems are very close to our lives. Even worse, the victim did not have time to think that these were things of abuse, "Siska explained, public relations action when met on the sidelines of the agenda.
The Indonesian people, she said, were obliged to equip themselves with knowledge on gender equality. Also, we must understand among others that there was still the practice of violence, especially for women. "Women and men have a high spirit of resistance in fighting together, and it is appropriate to understand each other," she said.
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Voicing the deprivation of women's rights, continued Siska, was a manifestation of the character of the liberation movement and partiality towards the mustadh'afin or oppressed women. "Indeed, every individual, both women and men, deserves the same rights for themselves in the realization of human rights," said the student of the Informatics Engineering Department.
Some of the demands that they made were abolishing all forms of exploitation against women; eliminate gender-based violence in the community, education and employment; provide normative rights of women workers, as well as; realize access to recovery for victims of sexual abuse. In addition to free speech, the action was also marked by a poetry reading.
In the world of work, there were still gender stereotypes that trap women as identical to attractive appearances often listed as criteria for the requirements of a position on a job opening. This leads to harassment. For example, companies set female employees to wear miniskirts and tend to accentuate their femininity. This injustice occurred in all sectors.
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"In the industrial sector, for example, men's wages are Rp 2.7 million and women Rp is 2 million. The financial sector, wages of men are Rp. 3.7 million and women are Rp. 3.6 million. The next, for services, the wages of men are Rp. 3.4 million and women are Rp. 2.4 million. On promotion placement also, women occupy the lowest or middle position and rarely reach executive positions," she explained.
As appropriate, she said, women were free from all forms of physical and physical violence, discrimination and exploitation. Women's rights were human rights whose arrangements are explicitly contained in the RI Human Rights Law No. 30 of 1999 in Articles 46 to 51. From these articles, the rights of women in various fields can be extracted.
"Many women's rights are violated. Among other things are in the fields of politics and government, health, education and teaching, employment, citizenship, bonding and breaking up marriage and in carrying out legal actions. Although in theory about women's rights guaranteed by the government, in practice it is often overlooked, "she said. (Win)