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Women challenges and gender equality to support the future of the nation

E.Surjadi, Gender Analyst and Health Information System Consultant

History noted roles of women; it is noted also the double burden, the spirit of advancement and stereotypes - this becomes a historical phenomena. Thus our great challenges as women, go pursue the women advancement within family career development towards family advancement for future investment.

I spent over 15 years in gender movement, gender mainstreaming in multisectors; however nowadays I saw more discrimination, in-justice to women especially due to financial crisis and economic situation. More activist mentioned now we are on gender mainscreaming instead!
After studying Sociology/gender in doctoral programme and over 4 years working for the South East Asia region it is truly evidence and we couldnot deny that the patriarchy culture has given bad impact to the community and the world. I just came back yesterday from travels to Singapore and Thailand (and Khon Kaen) for meeting, conference and lectures; it is found that women migrant workers are suffering, more adolescent are afraid to get married, more depression disorder in women due to patriarchy culture, the teenage are still in pregnancy and the violence is nor less in the family and community. Thus, we need alliance together in working with men - a gender empowerment is a must to support gender equality against poverty, violence and discrimination!
The worse women then the worse the family in facing career development; while the stronger women the stronger is family and community. Men's perspective based on patriarchy culture need to be changed into egalitarian ethos. Gender equality will give benefits to family due to women is the centre of the family and play most important role for the future of family, community and nation.
Let's speak it up - keep the voice up as the pulsewire - to let more women talk and being heard, deliver the choices to get the stronger forces for the family, community, nation and for the world! This is our great challenges!
May God bless us,

E.Surjadi
spirit and support for gender forever

Comments

I heard information is power; however delivering the information is important and become one of big constraints. People say – method might lead to proper product. Incomplete information may lead people to false alarm, wrong perception and created unhappiness. That’s why many misunderstanding born in this world due to prejudice of incomplete consideration of facts, biased-perspectives, oversimplified issues, rumors/gossip, uncontrolled-emotional, cross-wire language and so on.

The availability of information communication technology (ICT) has indeed empowered people to communicate faster, broader and easier regardless place and time. People started using cell phone, internet, sending text even pictures across cities, island, and countries regardless time and places. Thus, the Web 2.0 has increased the opportunity and access for all women in the world to share globally on the internet about their experiences, opinion, struggling, progress, conditions and hopes in creating a better life for today, tomorrow and future!

The promising broadcast aspect of Web 2.0 and the capability of social media to support the communication across societies, nations and the world has interested me much to continue working for women empowerment in global context. I have a big hope on this Web 2.0 to help more women and men in preventing gender-based violence.

I have started to get involved in the elimination of violence against women in 2000 when I was promoted to work for Ministry of Women Empowerment Republic of Indonesia. We were fighting hard to born the Domestic Violence Act by working together with multi-sectors, non government organizations, media and parliamentary over public/mass media campaign, socialization, meetings, workshop and road shows. The Domestic violence act was finally endorsed by the government of Indonesia in 2004.

As the counselor for women complaint system Post Office Box 10000, I found that most complaint due to gender-based violence (GBV) cases where women as the major victims. I feel struck by the life-stories, the fate and the loss of many women and family due to this GBV. Why the happy dream of living together need to end up to physical, psychological and sexually injured even death to the spouses? Something must be wrong and we have to do something to help them.

I finished my doctoral study with thesis on GBV, some predisposing and intervening factors are found that can reduce the cases. The findings revealed that higher communication implementation among spouses within low implementation of patriarchy culture may reduce the GBV cases into 56%.
Despite my satisfaction in the study outcome, I feel that I have debt to all women, some of them were victims; who became respondents to my study and I also feel being obligated to tell all women and girls to prevent the GBV in their future-life.

I realized that the Web 2.0 will be empowering me to perform the mission, regardless my age; to keep distributing and broadcasting the hope and the powerful-coping mechanism of GBV prevention toward elimination of violence against women.

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