Opportunities and Challenges for Achieving Greater Equity in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Contemporary Indonesia (2/3)

Associate Professor Linda Bennett1, Dr Sandra Frans2, Dr Shita Dewi2, Ms Utsamani Cintyamena2, Dr Ariane Utomo3, Ms Setiyani Martha Dewi1, Associate Professor  Sharyn  Davies4

1Nossal Institute for Global Health, University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2Center for Health Policy and Management, Universitas Gadjah Mada , Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 3School of Geography, University of Melbourne , Melbourne, Australia, 4School of Social Sciences at AUT , , New Zealand

Chair: Belinda Spagnoletti


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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