INTERVENTION BY INDONESIAN DELEGATION – ANNUAL FULL-DAY DISCUSSION ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN, PANEL 1: ELIMINATING AND PREVENTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS AT THE 29TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
My delegation thank all panellists for their presentation. Indonesia shares the concerns that violence against women and children remains continue exist worldwide in various forms. This is unacceptable. Domestic violence, in particular, leaves a lasting and disastrous impact to women and children. As women represent half of agents of development, this crime is also harmful to the whole society, by hindering both women and men, girls and boys, to equally participate in development and enjoy its benefits.
To fully realized gender equality and women empowerment, Indonesia has long been working to combat this atrocity. First, by improving protection measures, including the creation and strengthening of legal and institutional frameworks. Second by targeting roots causes of women and children’s vulnerability toward domestic violence, from poverty to harmful norms, attitude and practices.
To name a few of these measures, is the adoption of Law on Domestic Violence, revision of Law on Child Protection, establishment of National Commission for Violence against Women; and establishment of 247 Integrated Service Center for Women Empowerment and Children Protection around Indonesia as well as implementation of Zero Tolerance Policy on Violence against Women and National Movement on Anti Sexual Violence on Children.
Early this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, has lent his personal support to the HeforShe Global Campaign. As part of this global campaign, the Government of Indonesia commits to bolster its efforts to protect women and children, among others by conducting national survey in 2016, to help understand the prevalence, severity, and trends of violence against women and children; developing local institutions to prevent and early detect violence in high risk areas, and launching ‘One Student Saves One Family’ program where youth will serve as advocates on family resilience and empowerment, with a focus on ending violence.
Finally, I thank Mr Hasjim for pointing out one of the key challenges of in addressing domestic violence cases in Indonesia. Therefore my delegation would like to hear more from panellists on good practises in tackling issues like victim shaming/blaming, social /family pressure, a fear of economic deprivation that force women and children to stay with abusive spouses and/or environment. I thank you.
GENEVA, 19 JUNE 2015
* Delivered by Ms. Grata Endah Werdaningtyas