12:30 pm April 23, 2014 | No Comment
When asked to describe the city you live in, are you truly confident to claim to know enough about it? The question will be answered soon. Born and bred or soon-to-be-Jakartans can show their knowledge by finding out about the city from its hidden gems. The Amazing Big Durian Race is coming back, to test more »
3:39 pm April 16, 2014 | No Comment
Hopeless, frightened, butchered and bruised. It was 2006 and I was flying away from an abusive husband and eight years of bad marriage. With neither a family nor a safe place to turn to, I only had an address from a portable calendar in my home: The Women Crisis Center in South Jakarta. A counselor assisted me through a confusing and painful process, from psychological counseling to the legal plea. She provided guidance to understand my situation, offered me a safe house as well as shelter if needed, and helped me to freely make the best decision. Most importantly, WCC tirelessly and thoroughly assisted me through the whole process. Fast-forward to today as my eyes examine a stack of proposals on my office desk. Eleven WCCs from throughout Indonesia have answered a call for proposals for Pundi Perempuan’s (Pundi) 2014 first term of micro funding. I personally understand the importance of Pundi’s support for the ongoing work of WCCs; having to select just four out of 11 proposals is heart-wrenching.
6:39 pm April 8, 2014 | No Comment
The ongoing search for flight MH370 has been complicated by search and rescue teams mistaking ocean garbage for plane crash debris. But while the human tragedy of the missing plane has been well documented, the extent of the ocean trash has gone overlooked.
2:10 pm March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
A woman’s potential is limitless. It’s a fact that can be proved in so many ways. In honor of Kartini Day, dedicated to the fight for women’s development in Indonesia, which will take place on April 21, seven women ranging in age from 17 to 20 years from Trilogi University in Jakarta are sending a more »
10:15 pm March 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
Sidewalks are supposed to be just that — a place for people to walk, to the exclusion of other vehicles and activities. Motorbikes, parking cars, and food hawkers are not legally permitted to infringe on that precious strip of pedestrian space which runs alongside the road. But in Jakarta, the will to enforce that right is in scarce supply.
11:58 pm March 6, 2014 | 8 Comments
From the homeless to street vendors trying to eke out a living, Jakarta’s pedestrians have long learned to share their sidewalks, and with the increasing number of vehicles coming into the city, it may take a while before they will finally be able to stroll along the streets unimpeded.