Dr. Meutia Hatta Swasono
State Minister for Women Empowerment
Fiftieth Session of
The Commission on the Status of Women
On Agenda item 3
Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women
And to the Special Session of the General Assembly
Entitled” Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century”
New York, 27 February 2006
While Indonesia remains committed to the implementation of the BPFA, Indonesia shares the alarming observation of the Secretary-General’s report that a significant gap between policy and practice remains.
Therefore, Indonesia is of the view that various recommendations in the report deserve our full attention and support. It is quite clear that further collective efforts and genuine partnership, involving all stakeholders, are needed to translate the commitments of major international summits and conferences, such as the MDGs and the BPFA, into practical action at the national, regional and international levels.
In Indonesia, we have mainstreamed gender in the planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of respective government agencies based on Presidential Instruction of 2000 on Gender Mainstreaming in National Development.
At present, gender issues have also been integrated into both the 2000 – 2004 National Development Plan and the 2004-2005 Mid-Term National Development Plan which focus, among other things, on goals pertaining to education, health, labour, cooperatives, agriculture, politics, law, population, rural development, social welfare, poverty reduction, environment and the economy.
Along with those initiatives already mentioned, a series of major legislative actions have been and are being undertaken to empower women. In addition to the current enactment of Law on the Elimination of Domestic Violence, the draft Law on Witness Protection has also been completed. Last year, Parliament approved two draft laws, namely the Ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which we believe will further strengthen our commitment to promote human rights, including women’s rights, in all of Indonesia’s development sectors.
To address violence against women, the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment has signed an MOU with relevant line-ministries and the national police service to develop integrated services for victims of violence. At the local level, coordinative efforts are being undertaken by provincial governments with support from a variety of stakeholders, including the central government, NGOs and universities, to help the victims of violence by providing them with rehabilitation services, advocacy and legal aid.
In addition, a National Action Plan on the elimination of trafficking in women and children has been adopted, while the draft Law on the Elimination of Trafficking in Persons is being deliberated by the Parliament and the Government. This is an effort to address the illegal deployment of migrant workers, especially women migrant workers.
In order to bring about and maintain the changes we have achieved thus far, women must be empowered. This means that women must be allowed equitable representation in different spheres, particularly the political. Against the background of women’s low representation in the parliament, at 11.9 percent, and at the regional representative (DPD), only 19.8 percent, remedial measures are being implemented to correct this situation.
Although there has been much progress on the legal and institutional fronts, there is need for more implementation. Particular attention should be paid to changing mind-sets and practices concerning women’s roles in society and gender equality. We recognize that genuine gender equality will only be achieved through full partnership with our male counterparts. This means women must be empowered, their health status improved, poverty in their midst eradicated, illiteracy abolished, socio-cultural biases eliminated and, last but by no means least, budget constraints for women’s empowerment programmes eliminated, to mention a few goals. In addition, we must address new emerging issues and challenges, such as trafficking and undocumented women migrant workers, ageing, and pornography.
Given existing circumstances, my delegation wishes to once again reaffirm its strong commitment to the BPFA and its determination to ensure continuous progress at national and local levels, as well as its willingness to cooperate with all member countries, NGOs, and relevant organizations of the United Nation system.
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