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Gaining protection for Indonesia’s migrant workers and their families

Friday, July 12, 2019

Anis Hidayah was still a student when she picked up the newspaper one morning and read the story of a local woman who had left her young children in Indonesia to work thousands of miles away in one of the Gulf States. There she was exploited, beaten and raped by her employer. When she came home, she was treated as a social outcast and her young family was humiliated and ostracized. “That story lit a fire within me,” says Hidayah. “That could have been my mother, my family. This was one story, but there are millions of others suffering the same all over the country.”

From where I stand: “Good regulations alone are not enough if law enforcers cannot do their work without bias.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“As a judge, I see every day the need for mindsets to change within the judicial community. A few years ago, some fellow judges told me they believed that women should not wear miniskirts, and women should not go outside of their homes at night because it is not safe. Some judges are still questioning whether sex workers can ever be victims. We are making significant progress in implementing a Supreme Court regulation on court procedures for cases involving women.

Indonesian Finance Minister “Rang the Bell” to Encourage Private Sector’s Role in Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment

Friday, April 19, 2019

Indonesian Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, was joined by representatives from the businesses sector and Indonesia Stock Exchange to ring the bell for Gender Equality with UN Women, to celebrate International Women’s Day. The bell ringing ceremony aims to raise awareness on the key role of the private sectors in accelerating progress for gender equality. Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani with Vice Chair of UN Global Compact Paul Polman.

Think equal innovate for change

Friday, March 8, 2019

Arin is a shop attendant at one of the biggest malls in Semarang. She has just moved to the city after graduating from high school and is proud to be a working woman, earning a salary to support herself and her family back in her village. However, she is nervous about navigating a new city at night after she finishes work at 10pm. She feels lucky that the online ojek service (motorbike ride sharing app) - is affordable in Semarang and offers...

When more women work, economies grow: European Union and UN Women partner to boost women’s economic rights and opportunities in Asia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpower Asia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpower Asia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training...

Indonesia discusses infrastructure improvements to make its cities safer for women and girls

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

To shine a spotlight on factors that help create safe public spaces for women and girls in Indonesia, a talk show was held in late November 2018, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Dubbed “Infrastructure for All: Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities for Women and Girls”, the discussion was organized by the Presidential Special Staff Office, the Indonesia Australia Infrastructure Partnership (KIAT)...

Indonesian Influencers calling for the elimination of violence against women in UN Women video for 16 Days of Activism

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

To mark 16 Day of Activism, UN Women Indonesia recorded a video message featuring 25 Indonesian influencers with the objective to encourage people to take action to end violence against women. Worldwide, women and girls continue to experience violence regardless of their level of education, social status or age. Violence is often overlooked and not visible. The short video shows issues that often...

In Indonesia, women-led Peace Villages discuss ways to move their vision forward

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

At a hotel in Central Java, a sea of women wearing colorful headscarves and men in traditional Muslim dress are engaged in deep discussion. Working closely by their side are Christian women wearing cross necklaces, men palming prayer beads, and individuals of the traditional Javanese faiths. Elisabet Anita Wahyuningsih, Member of Jetis Village Women's business group and Peace Agent Facilitator, takes notes with her group from Klaten, Indonesia....

First study on the application of the Women’s Empowerment Principles finds gaps and progress in Indonesia

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

In August 2018, the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (IBCWE), Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) and UN Women launched the results of a study on the application of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). These seven steps aim to help companies bolster gender equality and women’s position in the workplace, marketplace and community. The study provides a snapshot of the initiatives being...

Panel of Inspirational Women Discusses Achievements and Challenges in Promoting and Achieving the Empowerment of Women

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Investing in women's empowerment is a direct path towards reaching gender equality. Many women have made enourmous contributions to society, through businesses, in technology, as entrepreneurs or employees or by working to empower others. However, despite some progress we still find women's rights and empowerment are far from reality in most countries. "Women and girls still face barriers that prevent them from achieving their full potential," said Sabine Machl, UN Women Representative in Indonesia. "We need to...

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