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Amnesty calls for end to virginity testing for Indonesian girls

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Amnesty International has called on the Indonesian government to block discriminatory efforts to institute pregnancy and virginity tests for high school girls.

Media reports earlier this week say that the head of a vocational high school in Magetan, sildenafil East Java, has forced students to undergo pregnancy tests as part of their eligibility to study.

The move follows attempts in September by a legislator in Central Sumatra to introduce virginity tests for female students (see earlier WVoN story).

“These tests are not only intrusive and degrading but plainly discriminatory, as nowhere are men or boys subjected to any equivalent form of ‘moral’ testing”, said Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International’s Indonesia researcher.

The school reportedly plans to carry out pregnancy testing every year.

“This is yet another example of how gender stereotyping and discrimination can stop Indonesian women from accessing their basic rights,” said Isabelle Arradon.

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