USINDO cordially invites you to an Open Forum on
The Future of Women in Politics & Public Policy in US and Indonesia
The forum will discuss the direction, challenges, and outlook for women’s representation and gender in politics and policy in the US and in Indonesia. The past few months have had important implications for the women’s movement. Although Indonesian has had a female president, the U.S. Presidential race outcome means the time for a female US President will remain in the future. Yet in the US, and in other countries, women’s marches have become an important part of political expression.
Some 19% of US Congressional seats are currently held by women. In Indonesia, despite requirements that each political party has to field at least 30% female parliamentary candidates in order to participate in an electoral district, the number of women in Indonesia’s parliament declined from 18% to 14% after the 2014 election.
This Open Forum will give us a fresh appraisal of the status of women’s representation and participation in the politics of each country.
Please join us in welcoming our panel of speakers in this Open Forum: Ms. Brette McSweeney, the President of Eleanor’s Legacy, Ms. Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, Indonesia’s Member of Parliament in the Eight Commission on Religion, Social, and Women’s Empowerment, and Dr. Kaitlin Shilling, Director of PLUS, as well as Ms. Delima Saragih, Senior Program Officer of International Republican Institute (IRI).