Mulia, Jubi – A meeting on women and child protection in Puncak Jaya, Papua, has called for more representation of women in parliament.
A joint agreement after the Technical Coordination Meeting of Women and Child Protection in Mulia, Puncak Jaya Regency, attended by 67 participants from 22 regencies, sought to promote gender equality, said the Head of Papua Provincial Women and Child Protection Agency Anike Rawar.
Rawar told Jubi the meeting held from 9 to 11 June 2016 has resulted eight points of agreement to be endorsed at the provincial and national levels.
“The first point is the Provincial Women and Child Protection Agency to support the change of institutional nomenclature in accordance to the Law No 23/2014 on Local Government through advocacy and coordination,” she said.
Rawar added in order to materialize the gender equality in development, the government at provincial, municipal and regional is expected to have commitment to endorse the formation of gender mainstreaming working group and capacity strengthening as well as to endorse the establishment of gender responsive budget.
“The next agreement is we ask both provincial and municipal/regional governments to consider to provide appreciation or reward to P2TPA in order to improve their performance in providing service and assistance towards women and children whom the victims of violence,” she said.
She also added the forth of joint agreement is a memorandum of understanding is required in order to strengthen the work coordination between relevant and cross-sectorial offices in the handling the violence cases against women and children.
“The fifth is in order to protect the children from all forms of discrimination and sexual abuse, physical harassment as well as the fulfillment of children’s basic rights, each municipality/regency is expected to create the child-friendly city as well as regional children forum,” she said.
Further, at point six, it is more focus in preparation of women representatives in the legislature in 2019, which is expected all parties to prepare the women politicians in accordance to Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Regulation No 10/2015 about grand design of women representation in the legislature in the Election 2019.
“Furthermore, in order to improve the women participation in economic sector, the support from the provincial and local governments is needed to endorse the policy and regulation for the opening of economic access for women by using all women capacity in each development areas,” she said.
Earlier, the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise said every women, in particular Papuan women, must participate in the development, and Papuan women must take part in the parliament.
“In 2030 we must able to show that women are equal with men, which is the percentage of women and men in the parliament is 50:50. Once it was equal we will report it to the UN Secretary General,” said Yembise.
She said Indonesian becomes one of the countries that take their women to the era of 50:50 in 2030. It means both men and women must walk together, be equal in every aspects of life. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)