During her visit to the meeting of the UN Commission on Status of Woman, State Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Mrs. Linda Amalia Sari, attended the dialogue with Indonesian community at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York on Thursday night (4/3).
This informal and kinship event commenced by the Consul General, Trie Edi Mulyani, by uttering the main responsibilities and performances of the Consulate General. In regards to activity related to women roles, the Consulate General actively involves in the Woman’s Foreign Policy Group, an organization that highlighted the leadership roles of women in the international world. The Consulate General uses this forum to introduce and promote the active roles on Indonesian women in the international level. The active roles showed by Indonesian women are even more advanced and make proud compare to women from other countries.
In front of the guests presented that night, the Minister forthrightly stated main responsibilities and activities of the Ministry, including its 100 Days program. Fundamentally, its main responsibility is to formulate policies that are responsive to gender issue, concern to child welfares, and provide protections for women and child against violence. Some of the prominent issues that the Ministry prioritized are gender equality and legal matter in relations to child. Furthermore, there should also increased awareness to recent international child and women trafficking.
As part of the delegation, Director General of Islamic Community Building, Ministry of Religion Affairs, Mr. Nazaruddin Umar, mentioned recent development in Indonesia in regards to the issue of unofficial marriages (“nikah siri”). There is an urgent need to impose a law that copes with problems arise from unofficial marriages, such as increased divorces and the discontentment of child rights. Besides, there should also efforts to restore the family concept and to strengthen social norms so people do not use religions to justify adultery and reasons to carry out unofficial marriages.
During the discussion session, the guests were eager to discuss some issues on women and child. It became more interesting because most of the guests were men. Some of the questions were the probability to increase budget for women empowerment; the law on pornography; child protection; perception of gender equality; as well as the Ministry’s family program since it plays an important role as the social foundation towards a strong state. These questions came from various audiences, such as non-governmental organization, religious leader, and academician.
This event attended by approximately 150 guests from the representatives of community organizations, religious leaders, academicians, journalists, students and officials of the Consulate General, Permanent Mission, Indonesian Banking Forum, as well as members of Dharma Wanita Persatuan. The Minister was accompanied by officials of the State Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Ministry of Religion Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KOWANI and non-governmental organizations on women and child issues. This event ended by a dinner between the delegation and Indonesian community.