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Photo: Anna Arifin poses behind an Indonesian identity card. This version of the identity card is filled in how activists like it: varied sex, spiritual for religion.
GALE facilitates successful strategy workshop on education rights in Jakarta

in INDONESIA, 30/04/2013

On 24 April, Peter Dankmeijer (GALE director) facilitated a strategy workshop on how to advocate for the right to education for LGBT people in Indonesia. He did the workshop on invitation of Arus Pelangi, a national civil society organization based in Jakarta that focuses on LGBT human rights advocacy.

About 17 activists and staff from mainstream organizations were present, including People Like Us Satu Hati (PLUSH) Jogjakarta, Komunitas Sehati Makassar (KSM), GaYa Nusantara (GN), Ardhanary Institute (AI), GWL-Muda, Yayasan Inter Medika (YIM), Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality (YIFOS), Yayasan Sejiwa, and Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI, or the Indonesian Family Planning Association).

The group went through 3 cycles of information and analysis of the national situation of Indonesia. It was concluded Indonesian schools suffer from a general violent school environment: teachers erroneously still believe that corporal punishment is good pedagogy and this bad example role models students in bullying behavior. Although the national Indonesian creed is “Unity in diversity”, nor teacher nor students learn how to deal with diversity or conflict.

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