UN Daily Release: State Minister for Women Wmpowerment Describes Significant Achievements, Althought Initiatives Aimed at Gender Equality Represent Work in Progress

Posted on July 31, 2007

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Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women Chamber A, 799th & 800th Meetings (AM & PM) 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING, MIGRATION, DISCRIMINATORY STEREOTYPES AMONG ISSUES AS WOMEN’S ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE TAKES UP INDONESIA’S REPORT 

State Minister for Women Empowerment Describes Significant Achievements,Although Initiatives Aimed at Gender Equality Represent Work in Progress 

Acknowledging the serious challenges posed to women by trafficking, migration and unequal implementation of law in a country undergoing tremendous political change in its push to decentralize, Indonesia’s delegation described efforts to address those obstacles, and change discriminatory cultural stereotypes — particularly in the local application of sharia law — as it addressed the Women’s Anti-Discrimination Committee today. 

Introducing its combined fourth and fifth periodic report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, State Minister for Women Empowerment Meutia Farida Hatta Swasono said Indonesia’s multi-ethnic, multilingual population of 220 million was spread over more than 17,000 islands.  Some 87 per cent of the population was Muslim.  Following the fall of the Suharto regime, Indonesia had begun transforming itself into a State based on democracy, economic rehabilitation, respect for human rights and decentralization.  In that context, Megawati Soekarnoputri had become the first female President. 

Significant achievements had been made, she explained, particularly in the combat of human trafficking.  The Act on the Elimination of People Trafficking – law number 21 developed this year — afforded protection to victims of all ages, while the Second National Action Plan on Human Rights facilitated preparations for the ratification of the Convention for the Suppression of Trafficking in Persons, and the Optional Protocol to the Women’s Convention.

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