Indonesian female politicians take cues from Norway

Nov 11, 2015

Jakarta, 11 November 2015

“Women can’t work at night but as a politician it’s quiet impossible,“ said Mrs.Hana Ruby Cervenka, First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Indonesia in her  remarks to mostly Indonesian female politicians.

They were discussing women participation and representation in public life through the experience of Norway. The Nordic country  has one of the highest proportions of female employment in the world. It’s far cry from the 1950s Norway, when the country was a  “housewives-dominated country” said Prof. Stein Kuhnle from the University of Bergen, Norway. He added that the high representation of women in politics  is not due to the enforced rules, rather increased awareness political parties.

“Learning from Norway success, I want to encourage Indonesia to shape its own course. Indonesia can be more ambitious, more creative, more innovative in finding ways to empower its women... Indonesia already has adequate legal instrument in place to promote gender equality.” UNDP Indonesia Deputy Country Director Mr.Yuxue said.

Organized by UNDP’s Strengthening Women’s Participation and Representation in Governance in Indonesia (SWARGA) Project and in cooperation with the Embassy of Norway and the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP), the seminar brought lots of hope and motivation to encourage women representation in politics.

To improve women representation in parliament, Ledia Hanifa Amaliah, member of the House of Representatives (DPR RI), suggested that the election law should stipulate at least 30% of the first and the second in the party list are women.

“If women became decision maker then welfare will be more considered because women are more detail in making decision”, said dr. Heru Kasidi, MSc, Deputy Ministry for Gender Mainstreaming on Politic, Social and Law Affairs at MoWECP. He also emphasized the important of gender equality is one goal in SDGs.  He added that gender equality is affecting the level of human qualities and level of human qualities affecting grade of state. 

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