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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Iran sign agreement on women and children protection

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 30, 2018   /   03:56 pm
Indonesia, Iran sign agreement on women and children protection Fight against child marriage: Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana S. Yembise (second left), accompanied by West Sulawesi Governor Ali Baal Masdar (center) and Mamuju Deputy Regent Irwan SP Pababari (left), campaigns for child marriage prevention in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on April 12. (Antara/Akbar Tado)



Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise and Iranian Women and Family Affairs Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar signed on Monday an agreement for women’s empowerment, child protection and family resilience.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was the result of previous meetings between the two leaders in May this year and April last year.

Through the MoU, the two governments are committed to establishing a number of family resilience programs, as well as intensifying efforts to protect women and children from all forms of violence and harassment, and to involve women in politics and economy.

Yohana said the MoU was important to showcase Indonesia-Iran relations, especially on child protection and women's empowerment.

"This is especially for women who actively participate in achieving the millennium development goals.”

Yohana added that Indonesia had three priorities stated in the MoU: ending violence against women and children, ending human trafficking and ending economic barriers against women.

Meanwhile, Ebtekar said the protection of girls was a particular concern to Iran, noting the recent policy by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that requires 30 percent of government positions to be filled by women, providing future leadership training in every ministry and government institution.

Both parties agreed to immediately implement the programs.

On Sunday, Yohana gave a keynote speech at a seminar on women’s empowerment held by the Iranian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in cooperation with the Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs.