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Sexual abuse and violence against children dominant in Merauke

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Merauke, Metro Merauke – Violence against women in Merauke Regency, Papua this year is dominated by sexual harassment and violence against children.

More than 50 cases of maternal and child abuse in families reported this year, most are violence against minors by their own parents.

Head of Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming Department of Women Empowerment Child Protection, Population Control and Family Planning (P3AP2KB) Merauke regency, Yosephita Aron said, sexual harassment and violence against children are more than just a case to women.

“It first influenced by development of technology, then the legal status of family is in questioned. Many who live together but not married,” she said Monday (August 7).

The lack of assistance to adolescents to prepare them when becoming parents and responsibilities they must carry out, because having children is not merely just live together. The parenting pattern in the family also contributes to the perspective and habits of the child’s growth.

She said the P3AP2KB Office can only provide assistance for complaints from the community related to violence against women and children, so that children and women have place to report.

“There needs to be cooperation from government, religion leaders and custom, which must run synergistically. Teenage mentoring in every religion should be strengthened. Preparation of pre-marriage includes the parenting in religious coaching,” she said.

She mentioned that 80 percent of children are left unattended outside home, not with parents or families to control and teach them about life, virtuous and moral. As a result, promiscuity, moral damage becomes rampant. (*)

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Women protest the electricity cut off

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Indigenous women traders who barred the road in front of the market due to the electricity cut off by PLN. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of indigenous women who are selling local products at the traditional market ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’ blocked the road in front of the market on Friday afternoon (8/10/2018) to protest the National Electricity Company (PLN) for cutting off the electricity at the market for several hours due to late payment for the last four months amounted to Rp 60 million.

The coordinator for the Solidarity for indigenous Papuan traders (Solpap) Franky Warer said it just happened spontaneously because of their disappointment. “The electricity was cut off at around 11.00 Papua time when I was still at home, then someone called me. I then went to the market and called the mayor,” Warer told Jubi by phone on Friday evening (08/10/18).

After that, he said, the Municipal Government agreed to contact the PLN and the electricity in the market turned normal at around 18:00 Papua time.

Meanwhile, the Papuan legislator John NR Gobai commented that relevant parties should pay attention to this matter for not outsizing the traders. “This market is managed under the Trade and Industry Office of Jayapura Municipal Government. So the agency needs to find a solution immediately,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Planning honeymoon to Papua, Belinda Lopez was detained in Denpasar

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Belinda Lopez while being held in a room at Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar Bali – Belinda Lopez Facebook

Jayapura, Jubi – Belinda Lopez, an Australian doctoral student who conducted a study on Indonesia and Papua, was denied entry by local immigration officers in Denpasar, Bali.

She was then detained in a room at Ngurah Rai Airport from Friday midnight (08/03/2018) to Saturday afternoon (08/04/2018) when Jubi confirmed her via telephone. “I was not allowed to board before 10 pm today, so I was in detention for almost 24 hours before being deported,” said the doctoral candidate of the Cultural Study Program at Macquarie University, Sydney

She also posted about her detention on her Facebook account asking for the reason behind her arrest and deportation plan to immigration officers. However, instead of answering her question, those officers asked her if she was a journalist and has she ever done something wrong in Indonesia?

“The officer asked me at the airport ‘was I a journalist?’ They also asked if I ever had something wrong for Indonesia. I explained that I was on vacation and planned to visit some friends in Bali, Java and come to the Baliem Festival in Papua,” said Lopez who just got married last week in Sydney, Australia.

Separately, Victor Mambor, a senior journalist in Papua who profoundly involved in advocating open access for foreign journalists to Papua, confirmed to Jubi on Saturday (08/04/2018) that such cases are increasingly raising a question of the international community about the freedom of forest journalist to cover news in Indonesia.

“I don’t have information why she was detained. She was an editor in two media in Indonesia. So I think it most likely because of her status as a journalist in the past and her planning to visit Papua to watch the Baliem Valley Festival. Moreover, she was asked to leave Papua two years ago,” said Mambor. (*)

Reporter: Zely Ariane

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Bark craftsmen are ready to welcome PON 2020

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Art Shop owned by Mince Ohee in Sentani District Jayapura. – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Mince Ohee, 31 years old bark craftsman from Sentani, often sell her products in front of her house where located near to the entrance of Kalkhote pier in East Sentani sub-district of Jayapura District. Approaching the national sports event held in Jayapura in 2020, she admits ready to participate by producing more bark handicrafts.

“In the next National Sports Week (PON), I will participate selling these handicrafts. But I will only sell it at the art shop,” she told Jubi in her art shop on Wednesday (08/01/2010).

Meanwhile, another craftsman Elda Natasya said whether she’s ready or not in the national event, it depends on the supply of bark materials and the market demands.

“Now barks are a bit difficult to get. So, it depends on it. If we have enough materials, we are ready to serve as many as it’d requested.” (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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