Posted : March 21, 2017

Jakarta (21/3) -The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) has partnered with the Millennium Challenge Account - Indonesia (MCA-Indonesia) to engage in policy dialogue about gender equality and community empowerment, which will support poverty alleviation through economic growth. The partnership is a strategic step of the MoWECP, taken to realize the MoWECP’s 'Three Ends' program. The third component of ‘Three Ends” program aims to end the injustice suffered by women seeking economic access and aligns with MCA-Indonesia’s mission to reduce poverty through economic growth.

"This partnership with MCA-Indonesia supports the implementation of post-Indonesian involvement in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) series held in New York on March 13th-17th. It is an effort to increase Indonesia’s role in the development of women's empowerment and the protection of women and children, to realize gender-responsive development and to empower the ‘women's economy’ to improve people's quality of life,” said Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise.

Minister Yohana added that gender equality in the economy is increasingly important to creating a just global welfare for all. Thus the MCA-Indonesia MoWECP partnership will provide momentum for improving coordination in a more synergistic and optimal way, accelerating the implementation of the development of policies related to both female empowerment and the protection of women's and children's rights.

MoWECP and MCA-Indonesia will compile policy papers on women's economic opportunities in a low-carbon economy, support gender mainstreaming in climate change strategies, and draft a national strategy for male involvement to improve family health and nutrition status through the Family Learning Center (Puspaga). They will also conduct consultation and coordination meetings with policymakers and the public related to the enhancement of women entrepreneurship capacity, gender mainstreaming in renewable energy, and the management of natural resources.

"Gender equality and social inclusion values are integral in MCA-Indonesia’s activities, as those values are essential for sustainable investment strategy. In partnering with MoWECP, we are seeking to make gender equality a bigger part of government policy so that both women and men have equal opportunity to benefit from economic empowerment. This issue of equality is becoming more crucial, especially if we look at the theme of this year's IWD 'Changing World of Work' and how women can respond positively," said MCA-Indonesia Executive Director, Bonaria Siahaan.

During the event, former Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu will give a speech about the new strategies on economic empowerment of women in national, regional and global fields. There will also be an interactive panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for women's economic empowerment. The panelists are Helianti Hilman (CEO and Founder of Javara Indigenous Indonesia), Shinta Widjaja Kamdani (CEO of Sintesa Group and Founder of Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment), Petty Fatimah (Chief Editor of Femina Magazine), and Nani Zulminarni (National Coordinator of Women Headed Family Empowerment ).


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