Opportunities and Challenges for Achieving Greater Equity in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Contemporary Indonesia (1/3)

Dr Dina Afrianty5, Associate Professor Linda Bennett1, Dr Belinda Spagnoletti1,3, Dr Meiwita Budiharsana4, Ms Wiji Wahyuningsih4, Associate Professor Iwan  Ariawan4, Dr Ariane Utomo2

1Nossal Institute For Global Health, University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2School of Geography, University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 3Center for Reproductive Health, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 4Faculty of Public Health – Universitas Indonesia.  , , Indonesia, 5La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Co-Convenors: Ariane Utomo, Linda Bennett and Belinda Spagnoletti

Chair: Belinda Spagnoletti

Overview:

There is significant divergence in the ability of individuals and different communities to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across Indonesia. This panel takes up the challenges of identifying key areas where improvements need to be made, where important ground has been gained, and in understanding how different forms of inequality coalesce for Indonesians in the realm of SRHR. Papers will critically engage with issues such as: postpartum family planning; cervical cancer and its prevention; LGBTIQ+ rights and health; sexual violence; youth SRHR; disability and SRHR; religious activism and SRHR; the evolving moralisation of SRHR; and recently attempted legal assaults on SRHR. Contributors will explore how SHRH are being shaped by and negotiated within the dynamic socioeconomic, cultural, religious and political contexts of Indonesia. Gender and sexuality will be pivotal to the panels’ collective analysis of in/equity in SRHR, while differences between the centre and the periphery, the urban and rural, and according to socio-economic class, age and ability will also be unpacked. Contributors will consider the agendas, roles and impacts of actors such as the Indonesian state, health providers, civil society, community-based organisations, religious organisations, the mainstream media and virtual communities in promoting and constraining SRHR.

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