Review of the Statement of the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection at the 59th Session of the UN Session of Commission on the Status of Women


INSTITUT PEREMPUAN’s Documentation on Attending the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, 9-20 March 2015

 

At the 59th session UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW), held on 9-20 March 2015 in the UN Headquarters in New York, United States, the main focus of CSW session this year was the development and the review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Particularly, they were related to challenges in achieving the progress of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the last two decades since the adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995.

In the General Discussion at the UN CSW session on March 9, 2015, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Mrs. Yohana Yembise, said that the spirit of the Beijing Platform for Action in line with the 1945 Indonesia Constitution, which aims to ensure the welfare of the people. In this statement, Mrs. Yohana Yembise explained some progress of  women’s life in Indonesia, such as the increasing of the quality of life of women and girls as indicated in GDI Indonesia (increased from 67.2 in 2010 to 69.6 in 2013), many women involved in public sphere and decision making and the increasing of life expectancy of women. In addition, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection stated the importance of encouraging coordination and stronger partnerships between stakeholders consisting of civil society to academia and the private sector. In this statement, the Government expressed the support for gender equality and the women empowerment. Then, the Government mentioned not only a standalone goal but also other goals on the agenda Post 2015 / SDGs.

INSTITUT PEREMPUAN (WOMEN’S INSTITUTE) provided input of the substance of the statement that some of notes have been conveyed verbally to the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Mrs. Yohana Yembise, on Indonesia Delegation Meeting on March 9th, 2015 in the Office of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York. First, there have been no government commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. As stated in the Political Declaration on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, the progress of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action was slow and not spread well and fully achieved the equality and the empowerment of women and girls, as stated in paragraph 4 “….that progress has been slow and uneven and that major gaps remains, and obstacles, including inter alia, structural barriers, persist in the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Platform for Action, and recognize that twenty years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, no country has fully achieved equality and empowerment for women and girls, that significant levels of inequality between women and men, girls and boys persist globally….”. Furthermore, the Government should strengthen the political commitment to achieve measurable results of the Beijing Platform for Action in 2020, by increasing some aspects; the allocation of resources and finances, implementing measurable indicators and applying into the development planning documents and applying accountability for the implementation.

Second, the statement was not reflected the government’s commitment to overcome the challenges that led to the resignation of struggle for equality and the fulfillment of human rights for all women and girls. Political Declaration said that “…. that major gaps remains, and obstacles, including inter alia, structural barriers, persist in the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Platform for Action, ….”. As we know that, the obstacles such as the strengthening of fundamentalism, violence in the name of religion, implementation of the various agreements that having a free market economy, have obstructed the fulfillment of human rights of women and increases women’s vulnerability to violence, discrimination and impoverishment. A paragraph which stated the government’s commitment, did not describe the government’s commitment to overcome barriers such as fundamentalism, extremism, and patriarchal culture/practices that discriminate against women.

“Looking forward, we are committed to strengthen our means of implementation to realize gender equality and women empowerment, through among others; strengthening national women machinery; reviewing and harmonizing laws and regulations to be more gender responsive and non discriminatories; accelerating the implementation of gender planning and budgeting at all levels; enhancing support and services for women and girls for victims of violence, ensuring the same level of awareness and commitment across Ministries/Agencies and local governments on gender equality and women empowerment, improving adequate basic social and health services, including age appropriate reproductive health services and education; and realizing decent work for all.” 

 

Thirdly, the statement did not put the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the framework of the fulfillment of human rights for women and girls. This is clearly illustrated from the omission of the term “women’s rights” in the Statement. In fact, by putting the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action is one effort to fulfill women’s rights as defined in CEDAW, as well as in the framework of fulfilling the mandate of the 1945 Constitution to protect human rights, the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action will be strengthened.

 

 

Translated by Dea Sardiyana

 

 

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