Jakarta-Since the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the globe, violence against women has increased significantly (UN Women, 2020). The UN has stated its concern and requested that its member countries implement policies that prioritize the protection of women as part of their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including Indonesia.
In its 2019 End of Year report, the National Commission for Women released figures indicating that a number of regions have seen an increase in cases of violence against women, from 406,178 cases in 2018 to 431,471 cases in 2019. It is expected that cases of violence against women will continue to increase significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the implementation of social-distancing policies, organizations providing services to women have seen a change in the way cases are reported, namely through telephone and email. This means that providing services and support to women is highly dependent on women’s access to communication and protection throughout the period of social distancing. This situation means that organization providing services to women feel unable to provide optimal legal and psychological support.
To respond to the needs of support organizations and women’s crisis centers and enable them to to provide legal and rehabilitation services to women victims of violence, Indonesia for Humanity together with the National Commission for Women under the umbrella of the Pundi Perempuan fund will raise public donation online under the theme, “We are in this Together. Let Us Protect One-another”. The fundraising campaign will be launched with an online talk show.
As part of the efforts to support service providers and women’s crisis centers, Indonesia for Humanity (Ika) and the National Commission for Women will the Pundi Perempuan Online Donations for Women Victims of Violence in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic campaign on 5 June 2020 via IKa’s YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/YouTubeIKa).
This movement will be launched by I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, Minister for Women’s Development and Child Protection with discussion on the theme “We are in this Together. Let’s Protect Each Other” with speakers including Cinta Laura Kiehl (Anti-Violence Against Women Ambassador for the Protection of Women and Children Commission – KPPA) and Lilik HS (Pundi Perempuan, Indonesia for Humanity and moderated by Ayu Kartika Dewi (Presidential Advisor).
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Intan Suhartini : 0821-1153-2858