Jokowi signs decree on strategies to eliminate violence against children

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President Joko Widodo. (Source: Setpres)

Jakarta, IO – President Joko Widodo signed Presidential Decree (Perpres) 101/2022 on the national strategy to eliminate violence against children (PKTA). The regulation aims to reduce the relatively high number of cases involving violence against children in Indonesia.

“Considering that the number of cases of violence against children in Indonesia is still high, so it is necessary to optimize the role of the government,” reads one of the points of consideration in the Perpres, Tempo reported on Monday (18/7).

Based on the data from Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry in 2021, there were 11,952 cases reported via the Online Information System for the Protection of Women and Children. More than half or as many as 7,004 of them are sexual violence.

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The regulation is meant to serve as a reference for ministries/agencies and local governments in carrying out efforts to prevent and address violence against children.

One of the articles in the regulation calls for the decree be used as the basis for policy making, regulation implementation, law enforcement, promoting of norms and values of non-violence, creating a safe environment free from violence, improving the quality of care and availability of support for parents/caregivers, economic empowerment of vulnerable families, availability and access of integrated services and life skills education to increase children’s resilience. (un)