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Has Indonesia forgotten contraception?

Contraception is not simply a method to prevent pregnancy. Given the suspicion – if not outright hostility – toward contraception that is common to most religions, debates over its regulation are often deeply political and value-laden.   The problem is that suspicion does not solve problems. In Indonesia, adolescents cannot legally access birth control unless […]

Why is family planning taboo for youths?

On the surface, we look like we’re in our prime. People say my generation is young and determined, and that we have our whole future ahead of us. But what if I told you that the young people of my generation are regularly denied the basic tools and information we need to plan our lives […]

New Moroccan law fails to protect women from forced marriage: activists

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new law criminalizing violence against women that came into effect in Morocco on Wednesday does not fully protect women against forced marriage or domestic violence, activists said. Campaigners broadly welcomed the new law, which criminalizes “harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women” in Morocco. But they criticized […]

The true story of Fatima al-Fihri, the founder of the world’s first known university

Forgotten Women is a series dedicated to giving women of history the exposure they deserve. This week, we’re paying tribute to Fatima al-Fihri, a woman who established the concept of a university as we know it today. It’s all thanks to Fatima al-Fihri that universities around the world exist. After founding the world’s first known university, the University […]

Indonesian province bans men and women from dining together

Islamic Aceh district rules only married or related couples can eat out at the same table A district in Indonesia’s deeply Islamic Aceh province has banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, according to an official who said it would help women be “more well behaved”. Aceh is the […]

Florida bans child marriage as it raises minimum age to 17

The bill was inspired by Sherry Johnson, who was forced to marry a church deacon aged 11   Florida has banned marriage for children under 17, after a campaign by a woman who was forced to marry her rapist when she was just 11-years-old. Sherry Johnson watched from the gallery as the state legislature voted 109-1 to pass […]


Andriantono, known by his nickname Andre, is one of the beneficiaries of the BERDAYA program for teenagers in Cilincing who managed to raise the issue of preventing child marriage through lenong, a Betawi traditional form of performing art. Attracted to lenong from an early age, Andre saw training materials to prevent child marriages as suitable […]