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International Women’s Day is Moment to End Abusive ‘Virginity Tests’

Expand Members of the Indonesian Air Force march during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 9, 2016. © 2016 Beawiharta/Reuters Indonesian President Joko Widodo last week tweeted his support for International Women’s Day by declaring that “building Indonesia, we need tough women.” That message suggested support for a day dedicated to “empowering women in all settings.” But Jokowi neglected to add that his government continues to inflict a form of gender-based violence on thousands of “tough women” interested in “building Indonesia” – specifically…

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