Opportunities and challenges for achieving greater equity in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in contemporary Indonesia (Panel Session 3 of 3)

Dr Benjamin Hegarty1, Dr Jamee Newland2,3, Dr  Eva Nisa4, Dr Ariane Utomo5, Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennett6, Dr Belinda Spagnoletti6, Prof Lenore Manderson

1School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2Australian Volunteer Program (AVp), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 3Kirby Institute, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 4ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Canberra, Australia, 5School of Geography, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 6Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

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

Chair: Dr 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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