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Jakarta Post

Women legislators must win public’s trust by avoiding corruption: Women’s empowerment minister

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 21, 2019   /  12:54 pm
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National Caucus for Women in the Legislature chairperson GKR Hemas (center) is accompanied by caucus member Siti Hediati Suharto (left) and secretary general Irma Suryani Chaniago at an event in Jakarta in 2015.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The women politicians that will sit in the House of Representatives for the 2019-2024 term need to demonstrate good performance and avoid corrupt practices, otherwise voters will lose trust in them, a minister and a legislator have said. It is hoped that voters’ trust in women legislators will lead to more women being elected in future elections and eventually help increase women’s representation in legislative bodies. “I encourage women in the House and legislative councils to practice good governance. In the first place, becoming a representative or a councilor is already difficult for some of us [women], so let’s not tarnish the reputation you’ve built by committing graft,” Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yembise said at a workshop on women’s representation in Jakarta recently. Likewise, r...