Jakarta, October 9, 2007 —
On October 9, Indonesia’s State Minister for Women’s Empowerment, Meutia Farida Hatta Swasono, led a campaign to encourage people to send sms text messages to a database especially established for people to show their support for changing the electoral laws to mandate an obligatory 30% quota for women candidates. Names on the sms petition will be taken to the parliament in November. This is thought to be the first ever political advocacy campaign in Indonesia using text messaging.
The campaign, which runs until November 20, is being led by a coalition of NGOs including the Civil Society Alliance for the Revison of Political Laws (ANSIPOL) and the Movement for Concerned Indonesian Women (GPPI). This program is being supported by The Asia Foundation through funding made available from the Royal Norwegian Embassy.