Key issues highlighted by this joint edition included the strategy to eliminate barriers for woman workforce, the needs of lactation for female journalists, working from home as a “new normal” for women workers and strengthening of women’s access to vocational training in the area of information, technology and communication, the elimination of workplace violence and harassment and the representation of women in trade unions.
Therefore, efforts should be directed towards putting in place gender-responsive strategies aiming at full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work for all, with a focus on the needs of the most vulnerable and hardest hit by the pandemic."Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO for Indonesia
“Therefore, efforts should be directed towards putting in place gender-responsive strategies aiming at full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work for all, with a focus on the needs of the most vulnerable and hardest hit by the pandemic,” she said.
During the interactive discussion, Elly R. Silaban, President of the Confederation of All Indonesian Trade Unions (KSBSI), admitted that it was not easy to boost women leadership in trade unions. As a result, women issues have not yet well accommodated and well addressed at the workplaces. “We need to urge stronger representation of women in the unions,” she said.
In agreement, Maya Juwita, Executive Director of Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment, explained that in addition to the representation, it was important for women to be adaptive. “Women need to adapt with the technological advancement while at the same time they also need to lessen the adverse impacts. Teleworking due to the pandemic, for example, has not only increased domestic violence, but also caused growing mental health issues as women have to bear double or triple burdens,” she stated.
Meanwhile, Asfinawati, Director of Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, reminded the participants about various employment cases faced by women workers. She also questioned employment regulations that have not yet taken the side of women workers.
The pandemic has demonstrated the existence of inequality at the workplaces. Women workers tend to be the first losing their jobs during the time of crisis as they do not consider as main breadwinners."Asfinawati, Director of Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation
To strengthen the equality at workplace, Lusiani Julia, ILO’s programme officer, underscored the importance of ILO’s Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment. Women were more affected by culture, norms and policies. “Thus, we need to ensure workplaces integrate this free of violence and harassment approach in their policies. This will help the realization of equal workplaces that are free from gender-based violence and harassment.”
Jurnal perempuan is part of the Jurnal Perempuan Foundation, a non -profit organization established in 1995. The foundation specialises in research, publication and education, advancing gender equality in Indonesia.
The live streaming of the launch of joint edition Jurnal Perempuan can be viewed on ILO TV Indonesia