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Indonesian companies pledge to advance gender equality in businesses at the 2021 Women’s Empowerment Principles Awards

Friday, October 22, 2021

Jakarta, Indonesia  – Six Indonesian companies have received Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The winners of the 2021 Indonesia WEPs Awards were announced by UN Women on Friday. The awards are organized by the WeEmpowerAsia programme of UN Women with support from the European Union. This year’s WEPs Awards received 228 applications from 138 companies,...

Take Five: “Women are a driving force in disaster risk reduction and emergency response”

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Pannapa (Aimee) Na Nan has more than 14 years of experience coordinating disaster management at national, regional and international levels. As the director of International Cooperation Section at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Ministry of Interior of Thailand, she co-chairs the Technical Working Group on Protection, Gender and Inclusion (TWG-PGI) convened by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee on Disaster Management.

ASEAN-Japan sports figures and young leaders convene for gender equality in sports

Monday, August 16, 2021

In the spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) of Juntendo University co-organised the Open Symposium on Gender Equality in Sports with the Japan Sports Agency (JSA) and ASEAN Secretariat, and support from the UN Women. The Symposium is part of the four-day ASEAN-Japan Workshop on Gender Equality in Sports held from 10 to 13 August.

Women in Indonesia’s Peace Villages play a key role in ensuring social cohesion in COVID-19 prevention and response

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The people of the 10 Peace Villages in Indonesia’s Java island were already living vulnerable lives in a region of long-standing risks of intolerance that undermine social cohesion. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and exacerbated the risks. Fortunately, women in the villages have joined together to lend a helping hand to their neighbours. This women’s activism has risen naturally from the Peace Villages system developed in 2017 by UN Women and the Indonesian non-governmental organization Wahid Foundation. Villages across Java declared themselves Peace Villages after committing to prevent violence and promote tolerance and giving women leading roles in the effort.

From where I stand: “As youth peacekeepers, we serve with new perspectives, enthusiasm and goodwill”

Friday, May 28, 2021

Cecilia Permatasari Ritonga is a 24-year-old criminal investigator from Indonesia serving as First Sergeant Tactical Force with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In light of this year’s International UN Peacekeepers’ Day, Cecilia shared with us some of the challenges and opportunities that a young woman peacekeeper may encounter during missions, and meaningful roles of women in sustaining international peace and security. "I am extremely proud to contribute to maintaining peace and resolving conflicts as Blue Helmet personnel, particularly when I see women playing roles in the field..."

Take Five: “The role of women in building international peace is increasing, but needs more of us to step up”

Friday, May 28, 2021

Inayatun Nurhasanah (Ina) started her one-year deployment at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in September 2020. Before joining the UN peacekeeping mission, she was the Head of the Women and Children Protection Unit at Pontianak Police Office. After serving 23 years as a national police officer in her hometown of Pontianak in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Ina is now the focal point of sexual abuse and exploitation as well as administration officer at the Formed Police Unit Indonesian contingent at MINUSCA.

No more manels: A new pledge by UN Indonesia takes aim at all-male panel discussions

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

‘Manels’ do not represent the diversity of our world and deprive us of a more holistic, innovative, and insightful perspective on any given discussion or topic. ‘Manels’ are like tunnel vision: they limit the understanding of a topic for they only bring men’s perspectives to the discussion. They may lead to incomplete — if not incorrect — conclusions.

In the words of Yenny Wahid: “Exposure to different perspectives, religious beliefs and backgrounds is key to foster a culture of tolerance”

Monday, April 5, 2021

Indonesian social and political activist Yenny Zannuba Wahid leads the Jakarta-based NGO Wahid Foundation, established with her late father, former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, in 2004. The organization has been working to support peace and foster interreligious dialogue to counter violent extremism.

Cash-for-Work Programme Empowers Women Impacted by COVID-19

Friday, March 26, 2021

Women are the key driving force of the garment industry. According to ILO’s Better Work Indonesia, women account for approximately 80 per cent of the garment sector workforce in Indonesia. However, mobility restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are have badly impacted key sectors of export-oriented manufacturing, including the garment sector.

‘WeRise’ together with Indonesia’s female entrepreneurs

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Yulia Angelina Kurniawan, owner of WAYO Strawberry Jogjakarta, knows only too well the myriad sexist barriers – not only financial but also cultural – that women in Indonesia must overcome to succeed as entrepreneurs.

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