"I invite the ministers to come here to read a poem titled `Message of Mothers of the Nation`. Please," President Jokowi noted at a function to commemorate the day.
Coordinating Minister for Culture and Human Development Puan Maharani, Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek, Women`s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yembise, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, and Forestry and Environmental Affairs Minister Siti Nurbaya were present at the function, and each read out a paragraph of the poem.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa, State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani were marked by their absence.
Papuan women, including sago sellers, then took over from the four ministers to read the poem.
The 89th Mother`s Day is themed "Empowered Women, Great Indonesia."
From West Papua, President Jokowi will head to Bali to chair a limited cabinet meeting to demonstrate to the world that Bali Island is safe for tourist visits.
Reported by Joko Susilo