Gender inequality remains a major issue in the policies of Indonesian

Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: JP/Dhoni Setiawan
The Indonesian National Committee on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) pointed out that gender inequality is the main problems of the policies of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vice-President Ma’ruf Amin in their first year in power. According to an article by New Straits Times.

The Jakarta Post reported that the committee urged Yoko and Marouf to formulate policies to promote equality and justice in women’s leadership and provide basic services that take into account the vulnerability of women facing discrimination.

It also urges the government to overcome gender inequality by supporting gender mainstreaming policies. Thereby strengthening cooperation among government ministries, agencies, and the public. Gender inequality is often exacerbated and proven by the interpretation of women’s disgust.

Komnas Perempuan Commissioner Andy Yentriyani highlighted this situation and highlighted the “all-male panels” in government departments.

She points out several ministerial events. It only men as spokespersons.

The lack of a gender equality policy is also reflecting in the choice of independent institutions. The president only appointing a few women as members of the committee.

Komnas Perempuan said the government has been slow to respond to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s reproductive health services, pregnancy, childbirth and family planning.

Andy said in a statement:

“Our study on family dynamics during the pandemic shows that the burden on women is greater than that of men during the crisis.”

Komnas Perempuan Commissioner Alimatul Qibtiyah said that Choko’s second term is also the first year of his term. It ignores women’s issues. Such as addressing human rights violations that have seen women as victims in the past.

“A similar situation was also faced by female victims of religious intolerance, which according to our data, has impacted more community groups in 2020.”

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