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Assistants of domestic violence’s victims get trained



Training for domestic violence’s victims assistance – Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – A total of 10 assistances of domestic violence victims (KDRT) received training from Office of Women Empowerment and Child Protection and Family Planning (DP3AKB) Jayawijaya District.

“We hope with the training of facilitators for victims of domestic violence, they will be able to facilitate issues related to violence against women and children in Jayawijaya, to be reported and resolved based on regulation,” said Assistant II of Setda Jayawijaya, Wusono Sasana Wio, last weekend.

According to him, the issue of domestic violence affecting mothers and children is the concern of local government, including some private institutions operating there.

Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (BPP and PA) Department of Papua Province, Anike Rawar hoped that 10 assistants were given certificate as legal assistance to conduct their duty.

“We expect the government, religious leaders and the community to support these 10 assistances to work as they are taught for two days,” she said.

The 10 people were trained in techniques for the case of violence against women and children in Jayawijaya.

“This is our effort to suppress violence against women and children so that this district becomes a safe and comfortable area,” he said. (*)

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Economic factors influencing Papuan women to become sex workers in Manokwari



A small group of covert sex workers at Sanggeng traditional market, Manokwari – Jubi / Hans Arnold Kapisa

A group of women gathered around Sanggeng traditional market or precisely behind a bank office in Manokwari act differently. Faces covered by light blush on and lipstick, they are waiting for visitors.

Acting like sex workers, they offer sex for visitors but secretly and give on-location service only. These convert sex workers are not only migrants but native Papuan women as well. It’s more than ten indigenous women who work as sex workers there.
The fact is their rate is not very expensive. A customer can only spend two hundred thousand rupiahs for their service, while their safety is guaranteed because there are a group of men work as guards.
“There’s quite a lot of visitors. They come almost every day, from the morning till night,” a woman said.
She admitted that she has to work like this because she has no choice. She do it for her living.
Even though she didn’t tell about her house and family’s background, her situation has illustrated the terrifying condition behind the privileges of many programs offered by regional government offices of West Papua Province, especially for Papuan women.
A woman figure in West Papua Province Yuliana Numberi said that this group of women is a victim of social life.
“They have a right to live and to be empowered like other Papuan women who get attention from the government through the regional government programs on Tuesday (11/12/2018).
According to her, the practice of covert prostitute in this location is not a new issue. It has been occurring for a long time. However, there is no humanitarian approach taken by those who have concern for them.
“This group of women is those who neglected. We must see this as an issue that can be improved through a program and our mutual concern because they are doing it to meet their daily needs,” she said.
Moreover, the government, said Numberi, should not only pay attention to Papuan women who sell betel nuts, vegetables and fruits in the traditional market or on the roadside, but they must also help and treat sex workers in the same manner.
“It’s terrifying because they have the same right to live like women. So, I hope in the future the government through gendered perspective development policies can involve all women without determining their status, position, religion and race. The government should empower all women and make them a subject in their lives,” she said.
If viewed from a gender perspective, sex workers are the victims of the community’s social life.
“Unfortunately, we do not know when they have a problem with their reproductive health and healthy life, especially regarding the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases that risk their health,” she explained.
On the other hand, she continued, if they don’t work like this, who will support their life. Due to their background, she also hopes that the community will not exclude them from society, instead to embrace them to find out why they do this job.
“We maybe don’t know if they have children who need expenses, or their husbands are jobless, or actually, they are the victims of their household needs. Therefore, we must look forward to ensuring that everyone can access the empowerment program which means there are participation, controls and benefits that we can provide in empowering a woman in the community,” Numberi said. (*)
Reporter: Hans Kapisa
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Yuliana Wouw, a confident model with a diffability



A photograph of Yuliana Wouw – Whens Tebay for Jubi.

Jayapura, Jubi – A girl named Yuliana Wouw has suddenly become a viral conversation among the netizen after her photographs posted in the social media by Whens Tebay from Papuan Photo Community.

A total of 6,825 people commented on the photographs and gave their appreciation on her courage to pose in front of the camera.

Tebay who photographed and posted Wouw’s photographs also conveyed his admiration to his model. According to him, Wouw does not ashamed at all to her condition of being diffable, by contrast, is very confident to pose like a professional one.

“I think she is a self-confident person who’s able to accept her flaws. When we were taking the photograph sessions, she just posed like anyone else. Then through her, she reminds and motivates us to always thank God for what He gave to us,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (21/11/2018).

Tebay’s work then received a positive response through the Facebook Group of Papuan Photo account. Their posting uploaded on 15 November at 11:20 pm got ‘likes’ from 3,100 people and shared by 1,319 people.

Having become a conversation on the Internet, Yuliana Wouw said that she is happy that many people appreciated her efforts to become a model. Even though she is difabble but it does not reduce her enthusiasm to work. Further, she said her condition is a God’s gift to her.

“I am always grateful for what God gave me. I continually think like that. I always count on Him in every occasion and let all my steps of life governed by God. So I always try to do whatever I can or whatever I think that I am able to. I’ll do it happily,” she told Jubi by phone on (11/21/2018).

Furthermore, she admitted that she has the same feeling as other teenagers who aspire to continue their studies at the University of Cenderawasih in 2019. She hopes that she can realise her dream of continuing her higher education at the Public Administration Department.

“I plan to continue my study at the Public Administration Department of the University Cenderawasih in 2019. I hope that the university can accept me,” she said. (*)


Reporter: Piter Lokon

Editor: Pipit Maizier


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Ana Mahuze, a woman who helps Aibon’s children



Children of Aibon glue suckers are undergoing medical checkups – Jubi/Frans L Kobun

Jakarta, Jubi – It’s not like the other days. That afternoon, the Vertentensai hall of Merauke archdiocese was crowded.

Dozens of children who are misusing Aibon glue conducted medical check-up. Merauke Archdiocese Health Commission, in collaboration with Forum Peduli Penyalahgunaan Lem, initiated the activity, which is taken place in Merauke Regency.

On Wednesday (January 17th), some medical officers examined the health of dropout of school children who are identified as the glue suckers. Most of these children are Papuans.

This event was actually initiated by Ana Mahuze who is the Head of Merauke Archdiocese Health Commission. Over the two years she watched over the health conditions of these children, which have dropped drastically. In addition, they looked malnourished.

Poverty and family problems

On Thursday (January 18th), Jubi met Ana Mahuze. She said that in 2015-2016, she had specifically examined the children who sucked Aibon glue and found some serious issues behind why these children are fallen into becoming the Aibon glue sucker.

She said the children came from the poor families. Some of them come from the divorced parents or scattered families and live with their mother or mothers’ families. Some are also experienced with physical and psychological violence or abuse, such as scolded with harsh words.

For these reasons, the children chose to go out and live with their friends on the street, at the shop peripheries and a number of other places that are allowed them to make a joke around, laughing, playing and earning some money.

It took a long timed patience to be able embracing the children, she said. It was not easy to gather them all at the same time.

“I saw the children who were in the storefront from morning to late at night. Slowly, I tried to build a direct communication with their family at their homes,” she said.

After several times of communication that repeatedly conducted by her, she gradually invited them for eating out together. Through this activity, they started to accept her and it slowly opened the way for further activities.

“With very limited honorariums from the diocese and every Wednesday started in 2016, I have been inviting the children to come to my house, just to share stories, eat cookies and drink milk together,” she said.

She finally succeeded to assist 47 children who were addicted with the Aibon glue and Kastol glue. “I had a data from 2017. The children were between 8-17 years old. Since then, the assistance is given continuously. Up to now there are two children who stopped sucking the glues and returned to school in junior high school (SMP). While for the rest, they are still on going process to be free-addicted.

“It takes time and we cannot do this alone. It needs intervention and involvement of various parties,” she said.

From Aibon to Kastol

Usually the children buy the Aibon glue from some stores, with the money they’ve got from becoming the parking attendants in front of store peripheries. The direct impact of inhaling Aibon glue, she said, not only made the children drunk, but also could withstand with hunger.

“Usually they would feel hungry by 17:00 PM. In the morning up until noon they would not feel hungry due to the influence of the glue that they’ve sucked. It will stand for several hours, which is enough to make them drunk and hallucinating in sight and their hearing,” she said.

They are not only men, but also found four girls. But now one girl has stoped sucking it. “We have also taken a step by going to some places that sell Aibon glue, and asked the store owners not to serve the children again,” she said.

But when the children couldn’t get the Aibon glue, they switched to Kastol glue. “This is happening now and we do not stay silent; we continue to perform a monitoring,” she said.

In general, the children were eager to continue their education, but when they entered school, they were discriminated from other friends. So they choose to return to the street.

To be able to break the chain of children who smoked Aibon glue, according to Ana it needs an effort such as building a shelter house. Children can get education, health services and some other activities in the house.

Respiratory will be disturbed

A doctor at RSUD Merauke, dr. Peter Tjia explains, the effect of sucking Aibon glue is it would disrupt the respiratory tract. As a result, the child is deprived of blood, that’s why the children looked so thin.

“We will check the function of their l, whether it was already disturbed or not, then send them to Merauke Regional General Hospital (RSUD) for laboratory tests and lung photographs,” he said.

The Head of Social Rehabilitation Division of Social Affairs Office of Merauke Regency, Esther Bimak, separately admitted that they do not have a complete data of the children.

“When we wanted to check and collect the data on them, the children followed their parents back to Mappi and Asmat regencies by boat,” she said.

Nevertheless, according to her, to this day, there are 30 children of Aibon addicted and orphans who dropped out of school has been accommodated in one of the social affairs’ dormitories and have been assisted to be able to return to school, ” she said.

A social worker, Theresia Widia Astuti, added that the number of glue-addicted children was increased because of the condition of lacking affection and good attention given by families and parents.

“Because the lack of affection, children choose their own way for enjoying their life and having fun away from home and playing with other friends and doing whatever they want to,” she said. (Koran Jubi/Zely)

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