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Women rally against price hikes
Say rising cost of living will be especially hard on themChildren with their mothers at a fuel price protest today in Jakarta
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- March 20, 2012
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono plans to raise subsidized fuel prices from 4,500 rupiah (less than US$1) to 6,000 rupiah in AprilÂ to "save the national economy."
However, the price of basic necessities has already gone upÂ by 10 percent this month in anticipation of the fuel hikes, the protesters say, adding that the fallout will be especially hard on women.
â€śThat is why we came here to express our anger. We women feel like we areÂ victims of the governmentâ€™s plan,â€ť said Iffah Ainur Rochmah, the rallyâ€™s coordinator.
She said similar protests were organized simultaneously in 30 towns and cities across the country to protest against the fuel hikes.
Qomariyah from the Indonesian Muslim Women group saidÂ priceÂ increasesÂ on basic necessities will put a lot of pressure on families.
"They will find it difficult to afford three meals a day," she said.
She believed that the number of â€śmalnutrition cases" will also rise.
The governmentâ€™s plan will also have an impact on the number of female migrant workers, she claimed.
â€śMany women will work abroad because they will not be ableÂ to bear the economicÂ burden in this country anymore,â€ť she said.
Activists protest high fuel prices