Grassroots leaders show the way


Stark contrast: Policemen standing guard behind barbed wire and roses during the verdict for Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. The Christian leader was jailed for two years after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. — AFP

They are no Westernised feminists but they see themselves as equal to men and with the right to build a better Indonesia. 

WHAT is it about the way Islam is taught and practised in Indonesia that over 500 women religious leaders could come together to issue fatwas declaring child marriage and sexual violence as haram? And to assert themselves as ulama with the authority and right to advance justice and equality as a common good for ALL?

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