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"Other worlds are possible! Possible, possible!" – Kamla Bhasin. Training Sexualities in the 21st Century, April, Hanoi 2009 Book Launching "Hasrat Perempuan" (Female Desires)

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The 2nd all-Asia Conference Kartini Asia Network was officially opened yesterday by the Minister of Women Empowerment of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. DR. Meuthia Hatta Swasono. The Ministry of Women Empowerment RI has been supporting Kartini Asia Network since 2003, since it was first inaugurated publicly. The conference, taking the theme of ‘The Future of Asian Feminism Confronting Fundamentalism, Conflicts and Neo-Liberalism ’ was opened with five keynote speeches last night and was attended by participants mostly from all over Asia, with some participants came from the Australian and European continents. Most of the messages delivered were outlining the effects of world-wide crisis to life and work of women. Prof. Meuthia, the Minister remarked that it is therefore important to create a new system to take the benefit of the power of globalization and to make them work for the betterment of women. On the welcoming speech by the Co-coordinator Kartini Network on Women ’s and Gender Studies in Asia, Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, she was hoping that this conference will contribute to the aim of the KAN, to build women’s and gender programmes that are grounded in women ’s realities, as well as to stimulate gender and women ’s rights advocacy programmes fuelled by the latest insights into women ’s and gender studies. The Secretary of the Steering Committee and the Chair of the COT, Prof. DR. Saskia Wieringa, introduced the themes and the foundation of KAN, as well as introducing the newly added Asian Young Women ’s Leadership Forum, which is expected to bring new talent to women ’s /gender studies and the movement.

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Like the first conference in December 2004, this time Kartini Asia Network (KAN) looks forward to exchanging views, information on five themes: women ’s studies, fundamentalisms, sexuality, livelihood and conflict resolution, and sees these themes as interlinked. Kartini aims to strengthen south-south cooperation, including at the sub -regional level, building on the available regional expertise, both within academia, research institutes and gender-based NGO’s. She stressed out that two major outcomes are expected from this conference:

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1. A rich exchange between women ’s/gender studies experts and advocates for gender justice. It is suggested to always try taking into account these two aspects in the discussions: • what is the relevance for women ’s /gender studies of this discussion • and in what way can it help us to design better policies 2. What is the lesson we can draw from this presentation or debate for the future of Asian feminism Kamla Bhasin, from SANGAT South Asia, the last keynote speaker of the day, lifted up the atmosphere by questioning TINA (There Is No Alternative) Syndrome where none has ever heard of and shouting some of her own -invented-modified slogans. In her speech she expressed her wish that India will be the land of the rising daughters. She reminded everyone that women ’s study is just like a drop of water; it won’t mean anything unless all drops are put together and formed a well of water. Neo-liberalism, to her, is the major threat in the world today. Prof. DR. Najma Chowdhury, Professor Emeritus and UGC Rokeya Chair, Department of Women and Gender Studies (DWGS), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, made her second presence after the first conference in Dalian in 2004 and presented a message on Women ’s Studies: Some Observations on Present State and Future Challenges read by Ayesha Banu of the same department. She opened it by stating, that in her view, women ’s study, is built on the experimental and philosophical bases of women ’s movement and feminist theorising. Furthermore she explained that religious fundamentalism interprets women ’s role in society as marginal and peripheral. There is therefore a conflict in ideology between women’s study and fundamentalism catering on how they view men. Patriarchy and fundamentalism, if joined together in an alliance, she said, would spell disaster for women and women ’s study. Future challenges to women ’s study might come from the religious right or conservative forces. Today, 10 papers will be presented in various panels; fundamentalism, sexuality, Youth


Leadership Forum and women studies on the morning session followed by conflict & law, sexuality, livelihood and fundamentalism on the afternoon session. We hope you to enjoy the sessions today.

Putu Widyastuti Rudolf.

ANNOUNCEMENT Film Screening 'Chants of Lotus' Chants of Lotus (2008), will be screened today at 20:00 – 22:00. Duration: 109 minutes Producer: Nia Dinata Synopsis: Perempuan Punya Cerita (Chants of Lotus) done collectively by Nia Dinata, Upi, Fatimah Tobing, and Lasja F. Susatyo was premiered on the closing of Jakarta Film Festival 2007. The movie with the original title of Lotus Requiem was produced by Nia Dinata from Kalyana Shira Foundation in conjuction with The Ford Foundation. A collective project by the four directors is an omnibus movie, consisting of 4 short -stories of various styles, inspired and put together by a premise: problems shadowing the life and daily life of Indonesian women. Using the philosophy of Lotus, which grew elegantly and full of dignity in the muddy surroundings as the basic theme of the story, is a reflection of women characters in the movie, who always respect their own value, even in the worst conditions. A sharp and serious responses can be obtained through this film about the women ’s conditions in Indonesia. And through the four stories, the directors and the screen-writers (Vivian Idris dan Melissa Karim) wanted to show the audience, that women’s problems are much more complicated than just melodrama shown on TVs. Mataweb.net © 2008 - 2009


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