At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #97
Gender Inequality Index2 0.505
HDI Ranking3 #124
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 18%/--
Women in Parliament ranking #76
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 14% (#53)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945

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Total population248.6 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $4,700
HDI ranking3#124
Population under age 1527%
Urban population44%
Internet users22%
LanguagesBahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch, local dialects

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #97 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 93% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 18%/--
Gender Inequality Index2 0.505 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 78% Women in Parliament ranking #76
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 67% (61.8%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 14% (#53)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 210 Quota type Legislated Candidate Quotas
Births per woman 2.1 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 52 Electoral quota in lower house Yes
Voluntary political party quotas No

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April 28, 2014 | Asia, Leading To Choices, Organizational Capacity Building, Political Participation, Indonesia
On November 10-11, 2013, in response to Indonesia’s new electoral quota system and in preparation for elections held April 9, 2014, WLP Indonesia/Women and Youth Development Institute Indonesia (WYDII) launched a Political Participation Capacity Building Institute.
November 14, 2012 | 2012 Events, Americas, Leading to Action, Brazil, Egypt, Political Participation, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.
May 21, 2010 | Asia, Leading to Action, 2010 Events, eNews 26, Political Participation, Indonesia
Representing over half of the world's population, women are crucial, but still often overlooked representatives of their families, communities, and cultures in achieving a fully informed, engaged, and democratic electorate. With a number of upcoming national and municipal elections taking place around the world, we hope to continue to celebrate and build upon recent breakthroughs, ranging from the record percentage of women now serving in Rwanda's parliament to the 2009 election of four women into the parliament of Kuwait--the first women to accomplish this.
May 21, 2010 | Asia, 2010 Events, eNews 26, Organizational Capacity Building, Indonesia
On April 10-11 in Jakarta, Indonesia, WLP held its 2010 Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) with partners from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, prior to the World Movement for Democracy's Sixth Assembly. WLP partners shared strategies for enhancing the Partnership's work in political participation, ending violence against women, our peer-to-peer mentoring and exchange program, and advocacy campaigns, in light of challenges such as increasing extremism, restrictive NGO laws, and a challenging funding landscape.
May 20, 2010 | Asia, 2010 Events, Political Participation, Indonesia
WLP organizes a series of panels including "Inclusive Democracy: Women and Men Working Together to Ensure the Promises of Democracy", "Towards 2020: Strategies for Realizing Democracy", technology training sessions and the fourth convening of the International Women's Democracy Network.
S:SSO to Sakai