Western women appear to be at the forefront of the fight back:
Ms. Kilbane, who has lived in Indonesia for nearly 10 years, said she got involved in combating harassment after a motorcyclist drove up beside her while she was bicycling, grabbed her right breast and said, “Hey, baby,” in Indonesian before roaring off.
Ms. Kilbane’s chapter [of anti-harassment organization Hollaback] organizes discussions and workshops on sexual harassment, and conducts training in self-defense and bystander intervention. Still, she said, “I don’t ride my bike to work anymore.”
In 2014, Kate Walton, an Australian activist and writer based in Jakarta, started an online discussion group after experiencing near-daily street harassment. She also has been groped.
New York Times:
Tunggal Pawestri says she’ll never forget being groped on a public bus while traveling to her high school in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, when she was 14.
While Ms. Tunggal had become used to enduring daily harassment on her way to and from classes — mostly catcalls and sexually suggestive looks and comments — when a man suddenly began gyrating against her from behind, she said, “I froze.”
“I didn’t know what to do — I didn’t even know that I should have screamed,” said Ms. Tunggal, who now works for a women’s organization.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Indonesia (ID) is estimated to have a population of 260.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 17.4 million.