Hizb ut-Tahrir Organised a Momentous International Women’s Conference, “The Khilafah: Protecting Women from Poverty and Enslavement”
Hizb ut-Tahrir organised a momentous International Women’s Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday the 22nd of December 2012 entitled, “The Khilafah: Protecting Women from Poverty and Enslavement.” Today a summary booklet was published detailing key points presented during the talks that day. The conference featured nine speeches as well as testimonials, and questions and comments from the audience. Speakers were from South East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Turkey, Africa, and the Arab world. Around 1500 delegates attended from across the globe, the majority being influential women, including journalists, politicians, academics, writers, political activists, community leaders, female scholars, representatives of organizations, as well as other influential women. The event was live-streamed and watched by an internet audience from across the world.
The Central Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir in coordination with Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia have organized this important seminar today in Indonesia to address the deplorable state of economic exploitation and mass dehumanization of millions of women in Indonesia and across the Muslim world. It is part of a campaign launched by the Central Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir that will culminate with an international women's conference on the subject in Indonesia in December 2012.
On Monday, October 29th 2012, Indonesian and Asian media outlets, including the Jakarta Post and Antara News Agency reported about a controversial advertisement in Malaysia relating to female Indonesian migrant workers that provocatively read, "Indonesian maids now on SALE!" The advertisement understandably caused outrage amongst Indonesians and a response of strong criticism from both the Indonesian and Malaysian governments.
Statement of Hizb-ut Tahrir Indonesia:
U.S Embassy Project to Build New Building in Jakarta
On July 6 2012, as stated on the site http://indonesian.jakarta.usembassy.gov/news/prid_06072012.html) that the U.S Ambassador Scot Marciel, in front of pressmen has announced a plan to build a new building in the same location where the U.S embassy is now located, at Jalan Merdeka Selatan,Central Jakarta. The project will cost $450 Million (approximately Rp. 4.2 Trilliun) and planned to be completed within five years and will involve more than 5,000 workers.
Living in a democratic state is truly costly for women, and Indonesia is no exception - a country that has been claimed by various Western politicians as one of the leading models of a Muslim democratic state. The reality shows that Indonesian Women are still shackled by poverty. The Minister for Women and Child Protection in Indonesia, Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, stated this May that there are currently about 7 million women in Indonesia who have become the breadwinner of their household, and the majority of them live below the poverty line with incomes under U.S. $ 1 dollar a day. This figure represents more than 14% of the total number of households in Indonesia. However, the NGO Empowerment of Women Heads Of Households (PEKKA), estimates the number of female-headed households is much greater than the government's figure, the number being nearer to 10 million Indonesian women.