Introduction of the Gender Equality since Early Age
Jakarta, dpd.go.id – In Indonesia, the values and patriarchal culture are conceptually still used in which puts women and men on unequal power relations, resulting in gender discrimination. This has become the background for DPD RI to make the Gender Equality Bill as one of the priority legislation of DPD RI 2012.
As a search for input to the preparation of Gender Equality Bill to create a society that is democratic, prosperous, and equitable toward women’s position, the PPUU DPD RI held a meeting with speakers from the Australian National University and the National Commission for Women on Wednesday (25/7/12).
Located in Building B DPD RI, Senayan – Jakarta, the meeting started with introductory readings by the chairman of the PPUU DPD RI, Hairiah (Senator from South Kalimantan), followed by exposure from Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo, as the representative of the Australian National University. Iwu wants a progressive change in the domestic role of women as it is still considered to be too attached to and become a necessity for women to take care of domestic chores or household.
Iwu said that the introduction of gender equality can begin early in school and at home, one of which is to analyze the textbooks that still provide illustrations that are less sensitive to gender equality. “Illustrations should be more gender progressive and able to shape equal attitudes between women and men need to be used often,” said Iwu as one of the inputs for gender equality policies
While Peter McDonald of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, on the occasion tried to explain the massive difference between conservative countries with countries that are more social democratic. According to him, the more developed a country is, the smaller the child’s birth rate. However, in Britain the rate of growth of children is still high because of the good understanding of gender equality.
Similar to the previous speaker; Siti Musdah Mulia from the National Women’s Commission also supported the need for an introduction to the concept of gender from an early age. Siti mentions that some attempts can be done through cultural efforts such as changing the curriculum and cultural change in the illustrated text books, and other efforts is through structural efforts to make public policy as currently being striven by DPD RI.
To change the future, Siti recommend to give understanding to the public about gender equality as a way to build wealth in society, “this bill aim is to build prosperity, enhance the progress and welfare of all citizens, men and women, not only for women, “she said briefly.
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