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Remembering the Charm of Kartini, Indonesia’s Great Woman

21 April 2024

Oleh: Admin

Illustration: Ministry of Communication and Information

Indonesians celebrate Kartini Day every April 21 to honor one of the most influential female figures in Indonesian history.

Raden Ayu Adipati Kartini Djojoadhiningrat, or better known as Raden Ajeng Kartini, has become a symbol of Indonesian women’s struggle for gender equality and education.

Kartini was born on April 21, 1879 in Jepara, Central Java. Despite living in a conservative and patriarchal era, Kartini showed a spirit of resistance against gender discrimination and emphasized the importance of education for women.

Despite the limitations faced in her time, Kartini continued to struggle to get an education and fight for women’s rights.

Kartini not only became a pioneer in the struggle for education for women, but also actively fought for other women’s rights, such as gender equality and access to employment.

Her writings immortalized in the letter collection book “Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang” became an inspiration for many Indonesian women to pursue their dreams and achieve equality.

In addition, Kartini is also remembered through various works of art, including songs. One of the most recognizable songs is “Ibu Kita Kartini”. This song has become a symbol of Kartini’s fighting spirit and an inspiration for Indonesia’s younger generation.

Although more than a century has passed since Kartini’s death, her spirit is still alive and relevant today. In this modern era, Kartini’s spirit continues to inspire many Indonesian women to take an active role in the country’s development, whether in education, economics, or social affairs.

As part of the Kartini Day commemoration, let us all draw inspiration from Kartini’s struggle and spirit to continue fighting to advance Indonesian women.

By prioritizing the values of equality, justice, and education, we can create a better future for future generations.

Kartini Day is not only about remembering the past, but also about reflecting on the meaning and values that Kartini has fought for the progress of the nation.

Let us continue to inspire each other and realize Kartini’s dream for a better and fairer Indonesia for all.

Happy Kartini Day.

Article compiled from several sources (KJ/AW/KJ)

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