Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Manpower Minister, Hanif Dhakiri, has said the Indonesian government is committed to creating decent work for women.

The Minister was speaking at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, said a statement from the Indonesian Permanent Mission in Geneva, received here on Monday.

At the conference, the Indonesian government presented the measures it had taken to boost the participation of women in the labour force, and the facilities provided for them at the workplace.

"The Indonesian government has initiated the `National Movement of No Discrimination in the Workplace` and implemented the Gender Neutral and Equal Wage in the Work Place Guidelines," said the Minister.

Indonesia had also set up the Equal Work Opportunity Task Force and was working to empower the officials and other stakeholders.

At the conference, which had government officials, workers and business persons from 187 member-countries of the International Labour Organisation attending, the Minister also expressed his view on a number of initiatives by the ILO to push gender equality in the workplace.

Indonesia, he said, had requested the ILO to expand its studies on work hour policies for women that were in line with the needs of both workers and businesses. "The Organisation needs to ensure that there is data that could be used by countries in formulating policies to address the challenges for decent work for women in both the formal and informal sector," he said.

Minister Dhakiri also emphasised that Indonesia had implemented a social security scheme for protection against violence and harassment in the workplace.

The 2018 ILC discussions focused on the theme `The Women at Work initiative: The Push for Equality`, held in the light of the 100th anniversary of the ILO and one of its initatives on `Women at Work.`

"For that reason, member-countries are expected to contribute and give their ideas on materialising the decent work initiative for women in both national and global scenes," said Ambassador Hasan Kleib, Indonesia`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and other international organisations in Geneva.

The ILC is held annually by the ILO to form and ratify international standards for the labour sector.

Reported by Yuni Arisandy

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