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Last Modified: 17 Jan 2007 14:29 GMT
Shahnaz Pakravan
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Indonesia and the anti-pornography bill 

Across Indonesia artists, broadcasters and many professional Muslim women's groups are up in arms against the proposed anti-pornography bill. 

Introduced by conservative Islamic groups who argue it is necessary to protect women and children, many believe that Indonesia has become too Westernised and this has led to moral decay among the nation's youth.


However, opponents of the bill say it will undermine Indonesia's hard won democracy and that it targets women.

They also argue that it does not specify what is pornographic and suggest that kissing and hugging in public could be banned as a result.

They also cite Bali as an example of how ridiculous the Bill is in its current form.

If implemented, the bill would not allow the local Balinese women to continue to wear traditional dress because it will be deemed immodest; even tourists could be targeted for being underdressed.


Our film comes from Bali and discussing some of the issues raised in report are Inke Maris, the secretary-general of ASA-Indonesia, as well as the Save Our Children Alliance, an organisation pushing for the bill to be accepted as law. 

From Washington DC we are joined by Dr Gadis Arivia - founder and director of Indonesia's Women's Journal and lecturer of feminism and philosophy at the University of Indonesia.



Feature: 999 Ladies

The 999 ladies of Qatar are so called because they are the first female paramedics in the Gulf. 

In the past, many women refused help in emergencies because under Islam they did not believe that a man from outside their own family could touch them.

Everywoman was granted exclusive access to Hamad Hospital paramedics and joins them over the course of one night.


The Interview

Zlata Filipovic was only 11 years-old when the conflict in Bosnia broke out in 1991. 

As the war raged around her she became a prisoner in her own home - forced to forget childhood and live for each day.

But Zlata soon realized she was not the only child trapped in the violence and took refuge in writing a diary.

In that diary she recorded the deaths of friends and the horrors of daily life. It later became a bestselling book, simply called Zlata's Diary.

Now, almost 12 years on from the end of that war, she is about to publish her second book Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq.


Everywoman caught up with her in London on the eve of her US book tour.


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