Improved advocacy strategy for a stronger policy and evidence based interventions needed for clear progress in Female Genital Mutilation-Cutting (FGM/C) elimination

JAKARTA, 14 December 2016: Since it was first commenced in early year 2000 up until now, effort to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting have yet to show meaningful progress. To date, it is widely observed that the social, cultural and religious views, that preserve this harmful practice, still prevail in communities across Indonesia. Moving forward, women’s rights researchers and activists, called for stronger synergy of multisectoral actors with improved advocacy strategy for a stronger policy and concrete actions to end FGM/C. Read

Changing mindset & behavior among Papuan men and boys and fostering their active engagement to end violence against women and girls (VAWG).

JAYAPURA, December 7, 2016: Around 28 girls and boys aged between 13-15 years old sat in groups, discussing topics, selected to get conversation going and allow them to get to know each other better, such as what they like or dislike and what do they have in common. As an answer to the last question, a group wrote down in a flipchart: we all have mothers. “Yes, we all have mothers.. we don’t want to see them hurt or sad... we all want to make her happy and proud,” said a boy. Read

Uncovering the Bigger Picture of Violence Against Women in Indonesia

Ruth* was in her 30s when her husband first started physically and sexually assaulting her. As the domestic abuse continued over the years, the mother-of-two tried but failed to get help.  She reported the violence to the police but they just told her to try and solve the problem with her husband.  Read

How a Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom and Escape from Domestic Violence

In Indonesia, reported cases of domestic violence have dramatically increased over the past few years, with reported figures more than doubling from 2010 to 2014. That’s partly because women are speaking up more to report violence, according to the country’s National Commission on Violence Against Women. Read

Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation by 2030, Say UNFPA and UNICEF

Female Genital Mutilation is a violent practice, scarring girls for life - endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.   Read

Creating Safe Villages Free of Violence in Papua

Ruth* was in her 30s when her husband first started physically and sexually assaulting her. As the domestic abuse continued over the years, the mother-of-two tried but failed to get help.  Read

World Must End Violence against Women

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Read

Capturing Indonesia’s Gender Equality Issues

In Indonesia, women comprise almost half (49.7%) of the country’s population, according to BPS-Statistics Indonesia in 2010.  But despite there being almost equal numbers of men and women in Indonesia, the 2010 country’s census data and the Gender Disparity Index series continue to show that women are not offered equal opportunities in Indonesia today. Read

FGM in Indonesia: Discussions From a Social-Cultural and Health Perspective

Sharing experiences, good practices and identifying the challenges and opportunities to eliminate female genital mutilation and cutting in Indonesia were some of the main issues addressed during an international seminar hosted by UNFPA Indonesia in Jakarta on Thursday.  Read

Engaging Men and Boys to End GBV and Promote SRH

Why is it important to engage men and boys to reduce gender inequalities? How can we involve them to explore changing gender norms? What kind of positive role can men play to end gender-based violence? Read