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Agenda Item 28: Advancement of Women


Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a broadly acknowledged fact that eliminating gender disparities results in tremendous social improvementsand leads to equitable and inclusive growth. By ensuring women and girlsaccess to education, healthcare, productive resources, and in decision making process, we accelerate progress to reducepoverty, hunger, maternal mortality, and improvechild health.

However gender disparities remain a challengein many parts of the world.Despite intensified advocacy for women empowerment, there is uneven success among States in achieving gender parity. Discrimination and violence against women and girls still occuron a daily basis inside homes, and even in public spaces. The consequence is that women are unable to fully exercise their social and development roles.

We need to therefore multiply achievements and progress on gender equality to enable equitable and inclusive growth. Action and policies should be determined by each country, in the context of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and CEDAW. Indonesia’s view remains unchanged that these two instruments should inspire and strengthen existing efforts by member states to ensure equal opportunities for women, and their participation in all spheres oflife.

Mr. Chairman,

All Governments need to make good on their pledges, as underscored by the UN Secretary-General on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and in his report on the Advancement of Women. Gender equality, women empowerment, ending all forms of violence against women and girls help to advance human development in all countries.

As a country that upholds the rule of law, Indonesia underscores its steadfast commitment to the protection and empowerment of women and girls.

Indonesia subscribes to the use of gender-sensitivepolicies and programs in every aspect of the fulfillment of human rights and implementation of human development.ThroughGender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) mechanism, we are focusingon priority areas that are fundamental to close gender disparitiesand stimulate progress across various sectors of development. With this in mind, we have instituted the following measures:

First,to create a safe and enabling environment for women and girls, we have launched “Zero Tolerance Policy” in 2000 and since then several legal measures have been put in place to further protect women and girls, inter alia: Law on the Elimination of Domestic Violence, Law on Citizenshipand Law on the Eradication of Trafficking in Persons. A broader framework for the promotion of human rights of all namely the National Action Plan on Human Rightsalso outlines strategies to strengthen measures targeting violence against women.

At operasional level, a set of specific action established  through The National Action Plan on the Prevention and Handling of Violence against Children(2010-2014). The Plan covers prevention, medical andsocial rehabilitation and reintegration for the victims, and law enforcement toward the perpetators.

Second, to strengthen women’s roles as economic drivers, we have provided wider access for women entrepreneurs to financial sources such as credit through government-subsidized micro finance (KUR), revolving fund management institution (LDPB), community saving and loan groups or cooperatives. Access to market is also enhanced through increased use of ICT.Online business has reached a significant size in Indonesia. Until mid 2013, the online transaction in Indonesia is valued at an estimate of US$ 4.1 billion. The higher accessibility to internet has significant impact on working women. It allows greater space for women to engage in more productive works in much simpler ways.

Micro entrepreneurs also receive literacy program in financial management, investment, and entrepreneurship trainings. Promotion of higher position for women in the private sectors is carried out through trainings on leadership, enterpreneurship skills and related programs

Third, to promote women full participation in decision making process, a number of activities on women empowerment in politics are carried out through harmonization of related law and policies. In preparation for the general election in 2014,we are conductingadvocacy and capacity building for women civil societies, women parliament members and women members of political wing organization.Further, we also establishedwomen political party forum to increase women representation in legislative bodies.

Mr. Chairman,

This year Indonesia together with the Philippines willco-facilitate the biannual resolution on "The Protection of Women Migrant Workers". Thus, we call for thesupport and cooperation fromfellow member states andother relevant stakeholders for the succesfull negotiations and outcome of this importance resolution.

Such call arises from the beliefthatgender equality and women's empowerment requires collective measures from all stakeholders. In this connection, Indonesia calls on the UN’s leadership to continue mainstreaming a gender perspective into its system and mandate.Indonesia also valuesthe inter-governmental workswithin UN framework tointegrate and address gender equalityand women empowerment, and will support further accommodationof this issue to various appropriate and relevantresolutions

To conclude, please rest assured that Indonesia will continue tosupport effortsat all levelaimed to promote thefull enjoyment of the rights of women, including through equal and mutually beneficial partnerships with all relevant stakeholders.  

I thank you.

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