Manggarain Dowry System and the Impact Towards Women

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008, 00:00 WIB
Abstract:
The dowry system is one of the important cultural practices of Manggarain. Before marriage, the families of the bride and the bridegroom have to decide the kind and the number of properties that should be paid by the bridegroom’s family. Beside it has a socio cultural good value, this practice is often criticized as source of violence towards women. People even say that belis (Indonesian word for dowry) is an abbreviation of ‘beli istri’ (to buy a wife). As a consequence wife is sometimes treated as a slave of her husband or her husband’s family and she has to obey their wishes.. She also has no powers of her own.

About the speaker:
Fransiska Widyawati, M..Hum is currently a first-year doctoral student of ICRS-Yogya. She was born in Kumba Flores. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Sekolah Tinggi Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan, St. Paulus Ruteng, and her Master’s degree in Theology at Sanata Dharma University . Before joining ICRS, she serves as lecturer at STKIP St. Paulus Ruteng and secretary at the Theology Education Program of STKIP. She is interested in Religious and Contemporary Issues.


Date : Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Time : 12.30 pm –2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue : Room 306, UGM Graduate School Jln. Teknika Utara Pogung
Speaker : Fransiska Widyawati, M.Hum

Registration:
The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first basis.

contact person:

Maufur ipung (ICRS): maufur_nd@yahoo.com
Mustaghfiroh Rahayu (CRCS): mth.rahayu@gmail.com