Indonesia pledges to provide more mechanisms to protect women and children’s rights, announced Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection ( PPPA ) Yohana Susana Yembise on March 12 at an UN meeting in New York.

The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from March 9 -22 is to discuss the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in the past decade.

Minister Yembise emphasised that gender equality has become one of keys to comprehensive and sustainable development in Indonesia, as highlighted in the mid-term national development plan from 2015-2019.

She said Indonesia achieved a number of positive results in women empowerment, as seen in the increase of life quality of women and girls, gender balance among schoolchildren, life expectancy among women and women’s participation in the community and decision-making processes.

However, the minister acknowledged that Indonesia is still facing challenges, including a high maternal mortality rate at 359 per 100,000 births, the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS among women, the increasing number of women and children victims of violence, and a low rate of females in the country’s legislative, executive and judicial sectors.

Indonesia considers the creation of additional mechanisms to achieve gender equality, key to maintaining its achievements and overcoming challenges.

The minister also called on the international and community organisations to acknowledge the importance of support and cooperation from all relevant parties to observe the Beijing Declaration.

He also emphasised that gender issue needs to be integrated into post-2015 development agendas.-VNA