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Child marriage has caused too many Indonesian youngsters to lose their childhoods and the opportunity to finish school. The Central Statistics Agency’s data suggests that, as of 2016, 17 percent of children were already married. Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yambise is urging the parliament to revise the marriage law, to change legal minimum age of marriage from 16 years to 19 for women, and from 20 to 22 for men. Meanwhile, organizations and individuals working to prevent child marriage have taken to the field. The Karampuang Foundation in West Sulawesi and the Community Empowerment Research Foundation in South Sulawesi, to name a few, have launched a movement against child marriage through a number of initiatives, both by empowering local youths as well as women who were married as children. To welcome International Youth Day on August 12, Tempo English reports.
Multitudes of women are, in fact, involved in the fisheries sector’s production chain, from pre-production, processing, to marketing fish catch. But their participation is often underestimated and unappreciated: Women are simply seen as helpers. A number of organizations are working to empower fisherwomen through a variety of programs. In East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, for example, the Food and Agriculture Organization is teaching women seaweed farmers proper farming as well as food processing techniques. Meanwhile, Konsorsium Dian Tama is empowering fisherwomen in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan, by providing training for creating fish products. To welcome the National Maritime Day next month, Tempo English reports.
The Ministry of Education and Culture’s Agency of Language Development and Construction has declared 11 of Indonesia’s 652 ethnic languages extinct. As many as 19 ethnic languages are now endangered and four critically endangered. The administration of North Maluku, where some of these near-extinct texts are from, is working to preserve extant languages, among others by including ethnic languages in local school curricula and compiling dictionaries. Efforts to salvage and preserve ethnic languages are also in progress in North Sumatra, with various groups as well as individuals working to safeguard the Toba Batak language, including through a social media forum. Tempo English reports.