Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights


11 June 2018
10:30 - 12:00
Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR Utrecht

Expert Seminar: Protecting Women’s Rights in Indonesia: The Role of the National Commission on Anti-Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan)

As part of its mandate to combat violence against women, Indonesia’s Commission is advocating a bill to eliminate sexual violence, and to prevent the criminalisation of extra-marital sex (zina). Given that Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, the Commission also partnered with female Muslim clerics (ulama) to fight violence against women in the name of Islam, by countering patriarchal interpretation of the Qur’an. As a member of the Commission and Professor of Gender and Islam, Nina Nurmila will share her experiences and insights on these issues.



  • 10.30 am Welcome by Prof. Tom Zwart, Director of the Cross Cultural Human Rights Centre, and Julie Fraser, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht University
  • 10.40 am Keynote by Prof. Nina Nurmila, State Islamic University Bandung, Indonesia, and Commissioner with the National Commission of Anti-Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan)
  • 11.15 am Response by Dr. Margreet van Es, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University
  • 11.30 am Discussion

Date:  Monday, 11 June 2018 – 10.30am – 12pm

Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR Utrecht


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