UN Women and Indosat Ooredoo Partners to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls

Date: Friday, June 26, 2020

[For immediate release]

Jakarta, 26 June 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented challenges and is increasing gender-based inequalities around the globe, including in Indonesia. Effective COVID-19 responses are essential to make a real difference for everyone and ensuring no one is left behind. Bridging data gaps is among the critical first steps for countries to have a more accurate picture of the impact, particularly the gender dimensions to the response so that Indonesia can more effectively support its women and girls.

Women come forward to be frontline healthcare professionals and community health workers in Indonesia. Women also constitute a large percentage of informal sector jobs with lack of health insurance and social protection. At home, women play important roles as caregivers for children, the sick, and elderly members of their families. Even before the spread of COVID-19, women already did three times as much unpaid care work as men.  

To better support Indonesia COVID-19 response conveys the needs of women and girls, as well as to promote a quick recovery, UN Women is partnering with Indosat Ooredoo to collect new data on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic on women and men, including in particularly vulnerable groups such as those in informal employment, who are the among the most at risk of falling back into poverty. This survey was conducted in many countries across the Asia Pacific and for the first time in Indonesia, is currently the largest of its kind generating valuable information to inform policymakers on major issues such as unemployment, changes in earnings, trends in unpaid domestic, care work in the household, and health differentials between women and men. It also will build upon and complement numerous smaller surveys and rapid assessments being conducted by national and international development partners.

Leveraging its collective expertise and advocacy efforts to gender equality and women empowerment in Indonesia, Indosat Ooredoo supports this initiative by delivering the survey nationwide to 4 million of its subscribers via phone text (SMS) to facilitate the data collection while adhering to social distancing. The SMS broadcast starts from 22-26 June 2020 to Indosat Ooredoo subscribers. All the information will remain confidential and only used for this survey.

“COVID-19 affects women, girls, men and boys differently. Unless the needs and priorities of all Indonesians are effectively addressed into targeted response plans, gender inequality will continue to be exacerbated during the pandemic with long-lasting effects” said Jamshed Kazi, UN Women Indonesia Representative and Liaison to ASEAN. “Through this partnership, we aim to work together to use mobile technology as a safe and cost-effective medium to scale up data collection to gain fresh insights on the impact of COVID-19 and to make a tangible difference towards improving the lives and livelihoods of those most affected.”

"Indosat Ooredoo is delighted to collaborate with UN Women to deliver this survey. We are committed in supporting Gender Equality as mentioned on the 5th Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with our programme INSPERA (Inspiration of Indonesian Women). Gender Equality requires global awareness and urgent action, we are happy to deliver an example for encouraging other private sectors joining efforts addressing this challenge in the current pandemic situation. We also urge our subscribers’ participation in the survey to achieve richer gender-based data that reach untapped insights for improving Covid-19 response,” said Indosat Ooredoo's President Director & CEO, Ahmad Al-Neama.

The results of the survey will help provide the Government’s National Task Force, development and private sector partners in Indonesia with critical information on the gendered impact of the pandemic and thereby inform an accelerated and more effective COVID-19 Response for the most vulnerable population.



Media Contacts:

  • UN Women: Radhiska Anggiana, Advocacy and Communication Officer, radhiska.anggiana@unwomen.org.
  • Indosat Ooredoo: Turina Farouk, SVP – Head of Corporate Communications, turina.farouk@indosatooredoo.com.

About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, the organization was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on women’s rights worldwide. UN Women’s efforts are based on the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination, and that gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving global development.

About Indosat Ooredoo
Indosat Ooredoo (IDX:ISAT), member of Ooredoo Group, is building Indonesia’s leading digital telco, enabling access and greater connectivity for everybody and every business. Indosat Ooredoo aspires to enrich the lives of Indonesians in the digital world.
The Company reported 56.2 million mobile customers as of Q1 2020 and operates 52.174 4G BTS covers nearly 90% of population.