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What is Kartini's Day Mean For You?

* little anindy and rissa my besty when we was kindergarten *

   To many Indonesian, Kartini's Day means showing up at schools or office in traditional attire, especially kebaya dress for the ladies. Kebaya is a traditional Javanese dress where Kartini is always depicted wearing them. Even the women street cleaners and bus drivers showed up in their kebaya and i’m quite sure it’s not easy to work in such attire.  

   I just don’t understand the significance of wearing such traditional attire on every April 21st. Well, i must admit it sure is fun to dress differently once in a while. To me, celebrating Kartini's Day means we are reminded again about her struggle against discrimination towards women. During her time women never got the chance to study or even to express their ideas and so often are mistreated. Kartini fought for equality Something which ironically many of us still take for granted. This is what Kartini Day is all about, beyond just wearing all those traditional attire.

   And the funny good thing is Kartini was a Javanese aristocrat who wore a kebaya, if she been a Balinese peasant, we might've been celebrating it topless. Which would have a positive impact on tourism gather. Yupe.. imagine that.

   Honestly, what is Kartini's Day actually? What this day mean for you? What does gender equality mean? A process and fair treat of women and men? So everything should be equal? Just like that? Is it? Realy?

  Gender equality should not be viewed as the rights and obligations of the exact same without further consideration. But look at things and the maximum liability that could be done and obtained, in accordance with the context of womanhood. The worst thing of all is about stereotypical views. The raw image of the individual or group that doesn't comply with the existing empirical reality. Negative labeling in general bear injustice. Sigh. 

   I hope that the celebration of the Kartini Day would not only be just a tradition, but should be more than that. For which purpose state officials and other public figures must have more respect on women’s rights, that they are equal to men. The government must make sure that every women who wish to work abroad must be given enough trainings and will be well protected. The House of Representatives must supervise the implementation. 

   Then about you girls,
"How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, 
rather than to create it herself?" - Anais Nin.

YES we are bound by the rules that are incriminating,
YES we are required to be a good wife,
YES we are required to be a good mother,

And what do you want actually? What thing the most you want to achieve as an individual? Wanna be an adventurer? Wanna be an independent woman? Wanna be a career woman? Doing business all by yourself, that all controls are in thee?


Maybe some of you think it is nonsense.
"I cant be a very good businesswoman when the same time I have to be a good mother."


I have an idea.

Why cant you be both?
Why cant you be a mother as good as being a businesswoman?

If you are able to balance everything and still achieve your main target, it is an additional value that makes you more superior than men (hahaa..) Even with all rules and restrictions that we have, it proves that something valuable, may not escape from a tight guard. All the norms and values prevailing in society for us as guarantees for the safety and well being for us.

Yes girls, we are precious.

1 Love Letters:

  1. If you are able to balance everything and still achieve your main target, it is an additional value that makes you more superior than men (hahaa..) .<< wow .. i don`t think you should take men as your competitor...hahaaaa...but that`s ok....girls rules !!! yayyy...


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