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Regional leaders’ commitment to gender mainstreaming remains weak (Ministry)

Indonesia’s GPI in 2020 is still at 91.06%. Based on this figure, there were only 15 provinces that had a GPI higher than the national rate

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The commitment of regional leaders to implement gender mainstreaming (PUG) and gender-responsive planning and budgeting (PPRG) remains weak, said Lenny N. Rosalin, deputy equality Gender at the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Welfare.

In a Friday press release, Rosalin pointed out that the department still finds a lack of understanding among human resources towards the concept of gender gap and the lack of sex-disaggregated data.

In addition, the weak capacity of human resources to analyze the gender gap in sectoral issues as well as to understand the cause of the gap within and outside the institutions.

To address this problem, the ministry continues to implement advocacy, dissemination, technical guidance and assistance to ensure the realization of the PUG and PPRG in ministries, institutions as well as regional governments.

The gender gap remains a major problem that Indonesia needs to address, Rosalin noted.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry’s Deputy Assistant for Gender Mainstreaming in the Economic Sector, Eni Widiyanti, cited a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2021.

The report shows that Indonesia ranked 101st in the 2021 Gender Gap Index.

“This means that Indonesia is still in the lower average of the most equal countries,” she explained.

This condition is not too different from national data, especially the Human Development Index (HPI) and Gender Development Index (GPI), she noted.

The index data showed that a large gender gap still existed between women and men in terms of education, health and economy in various parts of Indonesia.

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“Indonesia’s GPI in 2020 is still at 91.06%. Based on this figure, only 15 provinces have a GPI higher than the national rate,” Widiyanti noted.

That means several provinces were still in the red, or below the national GPI average, she said.

“It can be concluded that to achieve gender equality, women’s MPI should increase faster than men’s MPI,” she remarked.

Widiyanti believed that gender equality can be achieved by reducing the gap between men and women in accessing and controlling resources, participating in decision-making processes and obtaining development benefits.

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