Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian women must be healthy, prosperous, and empowered to contribute optimally to the state, including in the efforts to prevent and reduce the prevalence of stunting and maternal mortality (MMR), the Presidential Staff Office stated.

The statement was delivered by the Main Expert of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), Brian Sri Prahastuti, during the event of National Mother's Day on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

"Women should be subjects, who are empowered, prosperous, healthy, and able to make the best decisions for themselves, so that they can contribute optimally within the family, community, and for the nation and state," she noted in a written statement received here.

Prahastuti affirmed that women should not be treated as objects that were forced to sacrifice their interests and self-actualization for the sake of child care and family.

The message was backed up by the speech of the First Lady, Iriana Jokowi, during the commemoration of the 93rd Mother's Day at the Mandala Bhakti Wanitatama Building in Yogyakarta on Wednesday.

In her speech, the First Lady said that the commemoration of Mother's Day was not merely a moment to express gratitude for the mothers' deeds but also the time to pay attention and acknowledge women in various development sectors.

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"This special moment must inspire women to become more courageous in speaking out and showing their potential, being more empowered to build equality and a prosperous life, as well as being more innovative in contributing to the progress of the nation," she remarked.

Prahastuti remarked that the Presidential Staff Office had paid great attention to addressing strategic issues pertaining to women and children.

Her administration also actively attempts to reduce stunting and the maternal mortality rate, as it was one of the national priorities.

Prahastuti noted that the office had collaborated with the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry to develop the SEJIWA program. One of the program's functions aimed at providing mental health services, particularly for women, who were acutely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Presidential Staff Office also provides support to the legislature during the creation process of the Draft Law on the Crime of Sexual Violence. Through this anti-sexual violence law, perpetrators of sexual violence of any and all forms would be punished with legal sanctions.

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Translator: Rangga Pandu A J, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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