Indonesia: Covid-19 pandemic seriously affects women in all sectors of life. Parliamentarians shall ensure that gender responsive recovery approach is at the heart of our national and international strategies

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Puteri Anetta Komaruddin, B.Com @puterikomarudin, Parliamentary Cooperation Agency Of The House Of Representatives Of The Republic Of Indonesia (BKSAP) member from the Golkar Party faction, attended the Webinar on “EU / ASEAN gender parity: state of play and perspectives” on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
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This Webinar was held in collaboration with the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and the European Parliament to discuss implementation and views on gender balance and its solutions in the future. There are four main areas for achieving proper gender balance: political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health, and survival.
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This Webinar listens to views from various perspectives, especially Members of Parliament, the youth generation, and the business sector.
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Puteri, who is also a member of Commission XI, delivered an intervention in this Webinar that to handle and recover the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, Indonesia will allocate IDR 403.9 trillion with one of the main focuses on empowering and strengthening the capacity of women in the economic sector. One of the programs that carried out is women’s empowerment training in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) sector to take advantage of digitalization in the business world which is increasing during the pandemic. Puteri added that more and more women are involved in the economic sector, would contribute to the development at the national level.
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All delegates who attended this Webinar agreed that gender parity is a common challenge that requires the role of women and the active role of men. During the COVID-19 pandemic situation, women face various challenges such as job loss, discrimination and domestic violence, and other social burdens. In responding to this issue, cooperation and synergy of all parties, including parliament, government, community organizations, and all elements of society in realizing gender equality are needed.
(Unofficial translate)