Polibatam exhibits good practices in creating a safe, inclusive and fair campus environment

The commitment of the Batam State Polytechnic (Polibatam), with support from the ILO, to establish a safe, inclusive and fair campus environment has been recognized by the Indonesian government. Polibatam has been invited to demonstrate its good practices in a three-day event.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 07 October 2023
POD.Kes is an event featured a series of activities from exhibitions, talk shows and discussions on prevention of sexual harassment from various higher education institutions across Indonesia. (c) Kemdikbudristek
A commitment of Batam State Polytechnic (Polibatam) to create a safe, equal and inclusive campus has made this polytechnic being selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT) to participate in a three-day event demonstrating good practices on the prevention of sexual harassment. Held in Jakarta from 29 September-1 October, the event was organized to commemorate the two-year implementation of the MoECRT’s Regulation No. 30 of 2021 concerning the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions.

The main role of the Task Force is to improve knowledge and raise the awareness regarding the importance of joint prevention and handling of sexual harassment in the campus environment."

Shinta Wahyu Hati, Head of Polibatam’s Task Force
Called POD.Kes, the event featured a series of activities from exhibitions, talk shows and discussions on prevention of sexual harassment from various higher education institutions across Indonesia. During the event, Polibatam exhibited educative, infographic comics on the prevention of sexual harassment at higher education institution. The comic illustrates the important role of the Polibatam’s Task Force for Prevention and Handling Sexual Harassment in protecting a victim of harassment. The comic features the journey of Sefti, a member of the task force, handling an online sexual harassment in social medias.

Polibatam’s Task Force was also selected by the MoECRT to be interviewed and featured as one of the good practices in the POD.Kes. Head of Polibatam’s Task Force, Shinta Wahyu Hati, explained that Polibatam has raised the awareness of all staff, lecturers and students about gender equality, inclusivity and actions to fight sexual harassment. “The main role of the Task Force is to improve knowledge and raise the awareness regarding the importance of joint prevention and handling of sexual harassment in the campus environment,” she said in the exhibited good practice video.

The video also featured the testimony of Tancis Anantri Simanjuntak, a new student of Polibatam. She shared her experience participating at the campus induction that also includes an informative session given by the Task Force on preventing and handling sexual harassment in the campus environment. She could obtain information and knowledge about the prevention and handling sexual harassment in the project-based learning (PBL) implemented by Polibatam through some general lecturers on Pancasila and Citizenship Education (PPKN).

One of the awareness raising sessions on the prevention of sexual harassment in Polibatam. (c) ILO
Polibatam was one of the four polytechnics supported by the ILO to mainstream Gender Equality, Disabilities and Social Inclusion (GEDSI). The ILO supported Polibatam and the other three polytechnics (State Maritime Polytechnic Indonesia, Manado State Polytechnic and Surabaya State Shipbuilding Polytechnic) with a series of training programmes, focused group discussions and workshops targeted to lecturers, students, administration staff and security admin staffs for two years from 2021-2022 reaching out to a total of 300 people.

Polibatam has set a good example of taking ownership and sustaining the joint programme that is also the mandate of ILO Convention No. 190 which promotes the creation of a safe, inclusive and fair working environment."

Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia
These series of activities resulted with the establishment of the Task Force for Prevention and Handling Sexual Harassment and integration of GEDSI into the educational system of Polibatam through, among others, a PBL. The PBL is a learning process where students are assigned to develop practical projects in the forms of video graphic, infographic, video motion and podcast on issues related to GEDSI.

By taking the PBL, students do not need to take five other mandatory subjects: Pancasila, Citizenship, Language, Religion and Organization. In addition, since 2022, Polibatam has conducted an induction programme that includes the informational session on the prevention and handling of sexual harassment and its reporting mechanism.

‘I strongly motivate Polibatam to become a safe campus for all academic community without any discrimination, violence and sexual harassment,” said Uuf Brajawidagda, the former Director of Polibatam emphasizing the commitment of Polibatam during the opening of Standard of Procedure for the Simulation of the prevention and handling sexual harassment last year.

Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, appraised the continuous commitment of Polibatam in ensuring the establishment of a safe campus environment. The commitment was in line with the ILO’s latest Convention No. 190 concerning Violence and Harassment. This convention is the first international agreement to recognize everyone's right to a world of work that is free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.

“The ILO congratulates our partner, Polibatam, for the recognition by the government for its commitment and good work to continuously support the implementation of the ministerial decree and the ILO’s GEDSI guideline. Polibatam has set a good example of taking ownership and sustaining the joint programme that is also the mandate of ILO Convention No. 190 which promotes the creation of a safe, inclusive and fair working environment," said Michiko.

The support of the ILO was provided by the Skills for Prosperity Programme (SfP) in Indonesia, funded by the United Kingdom government. Ended last August 2023, this project aims to improve the country’s skills development policies and systems and enhance employability and future-readiness of young women and men including those from disadvantaged groups aspiring to pursue and advance career in the maritime industry.

One of the meetings of the Polibatam's Task Force. (c) ILO