Ministry encourages families to contribute to national development

Ministry encourages families to contribute to national development

Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga. (ANTARA/HO-Kemen PPPA)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has encouraged families to contribute in addressing women's and children's issues.

"Many issues can be handled properly if families, the smallest unit of a community, can improve their contribution, function, and quality of their durability, so they can create a developed, strong, and tough nation," Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga noted through a press statement received here on Friday.

Puspayoga deemed family, as the smallest unit in the community, to have a vital contribution in the development of women and children.

"Families, as the smallest unit in the community, totaling as many as 76.7 million in Indonesia, become the first and foremost agents in (resolving) prioritized issues, as they have closest relations to women and children," she stated.

The ministry also worked with the Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry as well as the Home Affairs Ministry to pursue implementation of the Women-Friendly and Child-Caring Village Program.

The objective was to resolve five priority issues of women and children by targeting the root cause of the problems and meeting various development indicators related to women and children, so that intervention measures are tangible for the family.

"In (addressing) the complex issues of women and children, the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry cannot work alone. Synergy, collaboration, active participation, and progressive work are the keys to success in achieving fulfillment of children's rights, special protection for children, fulfillment of women's rights, and gender mainstreaming," she stated.

Female legislators also served as a great force to support national development that employs a gender-perspective and also child-friendly approach.

"I expect that various decisions resulting from various legislative programs at the regional level can support (efforts directed towards) women's empowerment, child protection, and the achievement of women-friendly and child-caring village indicators," Puspayoga stated.

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