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Government leadership in improving women’s role in peacebuilding essential: Forum

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 21, 2019   /  03:50 pm
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Standing up for rights: Women's rights activists stage a peaceful rally to commemorate International Women's Day in Malang, East Java, on March 5.(JP/Aman Rochman)

Civil society organizations have called for Indonesia to show its leadership in linking women to the peace and security agenda, as women continue to be underrepresented in peacebuilding. Asian Muslim Action Network country director Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah said even though Indonesia had a 2014 national action plan on women's protection and empowerment in conflict-prone areas, more work was needed to translate it into concrete efforts at the local level. Issued in 2014 after seven years of deliberation, the action plan was mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which was adopted in 2000 and focuses on the impacts of conflict on women and their participation in preventing conflict and building peace. The action plan has three pillars -- prevention, conflict handling, and participation and empowerment -- which according to R...