Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection: “Women’s representation in Parliament below target”

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Yohana Yembise speaks in the “Capacity Building for the Female Members of the DPR, DPD, and DPRD (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah – “Regional House of Representatives”) from the 2019 Elections” event held at Menara Peninsula Hotel on Monday, 02-09-2019. (photo: PPPA)

IO, Jakarta – The representation of women in the Parliament has increased in both the (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat DPR) and the Regional Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah – “DPD”). KPU count in the 2019 Elections shows that the percentage of female legislators in DPR increased from 17.19% to 20.25%, and from 25.4% to 30% in DPD.

Responding to the increase of female representation in legislative seats, the Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection (Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak – “PPPA”) Yohana Yembise said that now all women in Indonesia are aware that they are being recognized and paid attention to by the world. She stated that the Ministry of PPPA already has a grand design that is distributed throughout Indonesia, in order to educate women who are interested in becoming legislators. She believes that it would be effective to raise the representation rate of women in the parliament.

The Ministry of PPPA set a target that at least 30% of legislators should be women.  However, the target is not yet achieved, even though Yohana claimed that she has seen many banners and boards promoting female legislative candidates during her visit to the regions. “I went all over Indonesia nearing the Elections, and I saw that many female candidates showed up. Yet we have not achieved our representation target,” she said in the “Capacity Building for the Female Members of the DPR, DPD, and DPRD (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah – “Regional House of Representatives”) from the 2019 Elections” event held at Menara Peninsula Hotel on Monday, 02-09-2019.

Yosana requests that the female legislators who were elected in the 2019 Elections direct the issues of gender mainstreaming as well as legislative, monitoring, and budgeting duties. Furthermore, she expects them to be able to perform political communications properly in the struggle to uphold the rights of women and children. This includes being able to function and make decisions within the parliamentary environs, whether in DPR, DPRD, or DPD. She also warns these “Kartinis” or female representation of the Parliament to implement good governance and refrain from performing corruption. “Uphold our reputation as women!” she said.

Meanwhile, the President of the Indonesian Women’s Parliamentary Campus Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas expects the elected female parliamentary members to dare present themselves before the public. “We all need to learn – to speak out more, to have more opinions, to have more initiative in taking a substantial role and as the leaders of any existing State agency or apparatus,” she said. “We must keep on learning and improve our personal competences and resolve issues happening in the community, whether in the center or in the region. We need to seek strategic issues to tackle, and to collaborate with various institutions, both in the center and the regions.” (Dan)