2022 Indonesia Update

Gender equality and diversity in Indonesia: identifying progress and challenges

About the conference

Over the past 20 years, gender relations and the expression of power and authority between men and women in Indonesia have been shaped by the forces of reformasi, decentralisation, a reassertion of central power, and economic transitions. These changes have given rise to policy reform, an increase in women’s political representation, and new expressions of diverse gender identities. But to what extent has the “gender order” of the New Order, where women’s role as a mother was the basis of citizenship, been challenged or just found new articulations? What shape do contemporary contestations to gendered power take?

This update will reflect on the 20 years since the last Indonesia Update on gender, bring to the centre stage gender relations in Indonesia, and present an overview of the political, economic, social, and cultural progress and barriers in achieving gender equality and diversity.

Registration details

Register to attend in-person (including art exhibition and pre-order lunch): bit.ly/39thUpdate_inperson

Register to attend online: bit.ly/39thUpdate_online

The conference is free of charge.

Conference program and booklet

To view the conference program click here or click the sessions tab at the top.

To view the conference booklet, complete with program, bios and abstracts click here.


This is a hybrid event. It will be held simultaneously online via Zoom and live in Canberra (in the Copland Lecture Theatre)

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendees must adhere to ANU COVID Safety Guidelines, including the wearing of a mask indoors and refraining from attending if unwell.

In-person side events

The Conference will also include an cultural night, which features an exhibition by contemporary Indonesian women artists, dance and music performances.

Lunch will be available on Saturday 17 September. Pre-orders are essential, and can be made when registering for the conference.

To register for the cultural night or pre-order your lunch, please do so via the in-person registration link above.


Indonesian sign language and simultaneous translation into Indonesian will be available via the Zoom feed only. Please see below to register for the Zoom feed.

Conference Convenors

Angie Bexley

Sarah Dong

Diahhadi Setyonaluri

Conference Administrators

Indonesia Project
The Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Canberra ACT 2601
+61 2 6125 3380

About the Conference Series

The Indonesia Update has been conducted annually since 1983. It is organised by The Australian National University (ANU) Indonesia Project, and receives support from ANU’s Department of Political and Social Change, the ANU Indonesia Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The ANU Indonesia Project wishes to thank the ANU and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their substantial and continuing support.

Dates & times

Friday 16 September 2022 to Saturday 17 September 2022


Copland Lecture Theatre, Building 25, Australian National University


Name: Kate McLinton
P: +61 6125 3380
E: indonesia ! project () anu ! edu ! au

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