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Women, peace and security and Indonesia’s foreign policy

  • Retno LP Marsudi

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Women of strength: Indonesia’s Lt. Col. Ratih Pusparini (right) and Norway’s Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund (center) attend a session of the United Nations’ Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations (C-34), in New York, the US, last Wednesday. (Courtesy of Foreign Ministry) (Foreign Affairs Ministry/file)

The issue of women, peace and security is one of the priorities of Indonesia’s foreign policy. This priority is manifested also in our support for the empowerment of women as agents of peace. Last year, Indonesia held two major initiatives to promote women’s contribution to peace and security. The first was an event called Regional Training for Women, Peace and Security held in Jakarta from April 8 to 9, 2019. The training, attended by 60 young female diplomats from the region, was aimed at strengthening their capacity in peacemaking processes. The second was the Dialogue on the Role of Women in Building and Sustaining Peace, held from Nov. 26 to 30. A platform designed to support Afghan women’s participation in their country’s peace process, the event was attended by 38 Afghan women from different backgrounds and regions, including conflict regions. A...