JAKARTA, NNC - Commissioner of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) Mariana Amiruddin said data on Counting Women's Killing states that by 2017 there have been 173 women murdered in Indonesia.
"The murder cases against Indonesian women is mostly 95 percent done by men who are their husbands, fathers, and lovers," Mariana said.
Mariana said Komnas Perempuan's annual report says there were nearly 260,000 cases of violence against women reported in 2017, both in the domestic and public spheres.
The murder sequence also happened unnaturally, according to Mariana. For example, women were often abused before killed, mutilated and the bodies were found on other locations aside from where the actual murders take place.
"These killings happen because men feel their self-esteem fall, so when you are a woman, you are in danger of murder. When you are a wife, you are in danger of murder. When you are someone’s girlfriend, you are in danger of being murdered," Mariana said at the Women's March Press Conference with the theme "Against Gender-Based Violence" ahead of International Women's Day, commemorated every March 8, at Komnas Perempuan Jakarta office, Thursday (3/1/2018).
According to Mariana, the existing Domestic Violence (KDRT) Law also does not guarantee the implementation of women's protection is going well because Komnas Perempuan admits they still receive direct reports from the victims.
On Saturday (3/3/) at 8:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB), Komnas Perempuan will hold the 2018 Women's March Jakarta, with a gathering point at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel and the event at the Park Aspiration in front of the State Palace.
Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets in the framework of 2018 Women's March Jakarta demanding the fulfillment of women’s rights and other marginalized groups such as indigenous peoples, migrant workers, industrial workers, domestic workers, people with HIV/AIDS, groups of sexual and gender minorities, and disability groups.
The 2018 Women's March Jakarta will demand not only protection but also legal aid and restoration for the survivors.