STATE MINISTER FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND CHILD PROTECTION
AT LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR
THE UNAIDS ACTION FRAMEWORK ADDRESSING WOMEN,
GIRLS, GENDER EQUALITY AND HIV
NEW YORK, 2 MARCH 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure for me to join you at this event to launch the UNAIDS Action Framework which addresses the gender dimension of HIV/AIDS.
While preventing and responding to the spread of the AIDS virus requires both the equal participation of both men and women, but because of the traditional maternal and expanding role of women in society, there should be a gender centered approach to HIV/AIDS. Indonesia therefore welcomes the launch of the framework.
Combating HIV/AIDS requires leadership, partnership and most important practical action. And the framework takes into account all three factors. In Indonesia, we have taken that same approach.
First, because we consider leadership a vital element to prevent and contain HIV/AIDS we have established a multi-stakeholder National Commission on the Prevention of HIV/AIDS chaired by the Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare. The Commission has issued a National Strategy and Action Plan on HIV/AIDS Prevention 2010-2014. The strategies cover four areas namely prevention, care giving and medical treatment, effect mitigation for people with HIV/AIDS and those living with people with HIV/AIDS, including care givers and conducive environment.
Second, the framework we launched today rightly emphasizes partnerships at all levels among women and women groups living with HIV/AIDS as well as engaging men and boys to mobilize concrete action. Our National Policies on HIV/AIDS prevention are designed to be gender-responsive and that people with HIV/AIDS are provided with unlimited access to health service and information on the support of prevention, care giving and medical treatment. We are taking a comprehensive approach to combating HIV/AIDS, in which prevention efforts and treatments are focusing on and involving the participation of those regarded as the key population that includes both men and women sex workers, drug users, and others.
In Indonesia, there are 19.937 cases of HIV/AIDS up to 30 December 2009. The population most affected by HIV/AIDS is between the ages of 20-29 years old or 49% of the total reported cases of HIV AIDS in Indonesia. This means that this virus affects the most productive age segment.
Third, the Government has taken concrete action to combat HIV/AIDS in the context of gender equality by allocating resources for gender sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention, conducting surveys and since 2007 we have are conducting testing on the effectiveness of female condoms in some provinces in Indonesia.
In conclusion, Iet me reiterate the message by the President of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Opening of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific (ICAAP), which to us remains relevant that “we will not defeat the HIV virus with only one approach or reaching only one segment of the population. We must all be part of the efforts. We need to promote a comprehensive, compassionate and inclusive approach. Always remember that we are dealing not just with a virus but with human beings: our family, our friends, our neighbor, our co-worker. While we strive to kill the virus, we must care to protect the human dignity”.
I thank you.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, New York
325 East 38th Street, New York, NY, 10016, USA
Tel: 1.212.972.8333, Fax: 1.212.972.9780 - www.indonesiamission-ny.org