Single Mothers in Indonesia
Being a single mother is often a hard work. Single mothers in Indonesia have reportedly been rejected by friends and colleagues and have experienced “cruel social judgement” after getting pregnant out of wedlock. For example, a single mother in urban Indonesia who filed for divorce due to marriage difficulties was subsequently accused by her friends of being a disobedient wife. Indonesian single mothers are often neglected by the authorities and, as such, face financial hardships and severe challenges in providing for their children. Children of unmarried mothers are labeled as illegitimate and experience social discrimination; however, there is no evidence that they are at risk of physical harm.
According to DW-World Deutschland, pressure on Indonesia to increase the rights of single mothers: “single mothers in Indonesia face intense challenges to provide a decent life for their children and themselves. Activists are trying to get the government to make it easier for these women. Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world. Even though in some ways, the country is less strict compared to other Muslim countries when it comes to the roles of women, women’s activists are currently trying to raise attention for a group that is often neglected: the millions of women in Indonesia who are raising children on their own, some by choice and others by necessity. They face discrimination and financial hardships. In Indonesian law the male is always the head of the household. As a single mother, that means problems accessing resources, or securing credit from a bank. Now they are joining together and putting pressure on the government to recognise their rights.”
America is getting more and more liberal; this idea is not believed as the truth anymore. Being a single mother is fine although some people may still feel not very happy about their relatives who are single parents. But, in Indonesia culture, being a single mother is seen as taboo. Indonesia is a multicultural country, traditional indigenous law that prevailing in one region is not always the same in other areas. There are some regulations of traditional law in Sumatra which proscribes the child who born from the divorced parent or born without father.Continued on the next page