Statement by the Indonesian Delegation at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council, Annual Discussion on integration of gender perspective

September 24, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

Madame Deputy High Commissioner,

Distinguished Panelists,

My delegation would like to thank the panelists for their constructive inputs and observations today. We would also like to thank the Human Rights Council for seizing the initiative and pushing forward discussions on gender-related issues.

We also align ourselves with the statements made by Viet Nam and Pakistan on behalf of ASEAN and the OIC respectively.

Let me firstly reiterate that Indonesia fully supports gender integration within the work of the United Nations system, as stipulated by Resolution HRC 6/30.

We note that the work of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Special Procedures, the UPR process, and other related mechanisms in the UN dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women, have been highly instrumental in ensuring gender-related issues are discussed at the highest international level.

We also warmly welcome the recent establishment of UN Women, as an integrated UN entity focusing on the issue of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

But we should not be complacent and this discussion today provides a good opportunity to review our progress and pinpoint the ongoing challenges.

Mr. President

In terms of gender mainstreaming, Indonesia has made progress at both the national and regional level. We have been an active party to a number of ASEAN initiatives aimed to protect and empower women across the Southeast Asian region, including the establishment of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children.

We continue to support efforts at all levels to ensure that governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector maximize the role and potential of women and that a gender perspective is integrated into policies and working methods in all fields.

In conclusion, whilst we commend and support the work of the treaty bodies and related agencies including UN Women, the Commission on the Status of Women and the dedicated gender unit within the Human Rights Council, we would like to ask the panel how the synergy between these existing institutions can be translated into more effective progress on the ground?

Thank you.

Geneva, 24 September 2010