Today, 21 April, is the Kartini Day i.e. a day that people of Indonesia celebrate Kartini's struggles for woman's emancipation.
I have not written a special article on this topic, so I will share with you articles related to Kartini that I have read on the blogs of fellow bloggers.
Blogger Triesti's article (http://osculate.blogspot.com) titled "Kartini Day" described that the celebration is now reduced to a day of wearing Kebaya i.e. traditional dress that women usually wear to celebrate the day.
Blogger Sawali's article (http://sawali.info) titled "Semangat Kartini dan Nasib Tragis TKW" which means : "Kartini's Spirit and the Tragic Faith of Women Workers", talked about women working in countries like Saudi Arabia who were treated very badly by their employers, some even died. One of them is Darsem, from Subang, West Java, who is facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia.
The terrible thing was that the Speaker of the House of Representatives i.e. Marzuki Alie said that Darsem's faith is bad for our country's image. He also said that Darsem was treated violently because she was foolish.
I hope that the celebration of the Kartini Day would not only be just a tradition, but should be more than that. For which purpose state officials and other public figures must have more respect on women's rights, that they are equal to men. The government must make sure that every women who wish to work abroad must be given enough trainings and will be well protected. The House of Representatives must supervise the implementation. .