Jakarta Halts Meeting after Mistakenly Inviting Muslimah HTI



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta provincial administration has recently taken the public spotlight since Thursday, June 13, for inviting Muslimah HTI, part of the disbanded Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), to participate in a meeting initiated by the city’s Child Protection and Empowerment and Population Control Agency (PPAPP).

    On Thursday evening, June 13, the agency postponed the meeting which was scheduled to take place today, June 14, and assured the cancellation of an invitation for the Muslim women organization.

    “We admit there is an error in the meeting invitation,” said PPAPP Agency head Tuty Kusumawati in a written statement, Thursday, June 13. “The error is an invitation to an organization that had been disbanded by the government.”

    Tuty, who was a former head of the city's Development Planning Agency (Bappeda), acknowledged that she overlooked the invitation list. “I didn’t see the invitation list in detail while signing it because it had passed examinations of the division acting head and agency secretary,” she added.

    Previously, the meeting invitation issued by PPAPP Agency to 12 women organizations circulated on social media and chat forums. The organizations included Indonesia Tanpa Feminis (Indonesia Without Feminism), the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Muslimat NU DKI, Child Protection Commission, and Muslimah HTI.

    According to Tuty, the meeting planned to be held in response to a request from a child protection and women empowerment community that considered a poster showing anti-violence against women and children displayed in MRT Jakarta gender bias.

    Therefore, the city agency invited a number of women organization. “To get recommendations and inputs concerning women and children,” Tuty said.