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04 Mar 2019

National Library Supports The Habibie Center for Women’s Rights

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta – Commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019, The Habibie Center (THC) held Talk Show and Exhibition themed “Women the Driving Force of Peace (PERAN) at Soekarman Auditorium of National Library, Jakarta, (4/3).

In his remarks, Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando appreciated The Habibie Center in taking part in civilisation development through library. Director of National Library explained that library is a civilisation institution which contains value of justice, democracy, and all humanity values. “So, if we talk about women as the driving force of peace, the essence is very appropriate to be able to become a peace maker because in truth the nature and essence of humanity lie in a mother,” said Syarif. However, in daily practice, women are still marginalised and their roles are yet maximum. Therefore, Muhammad Syarif expressed that the step taken through “PERAN” by The Habibie Center is very suitable in supporting women’s active roles in establishing civilisation and humanity values.

Executive Director of The Habibie Center Hadi Kuntjara, explained that the talk show was the highlight of “Women the Driving Force of Peace” activity program which was the result of The Habibie Center and UN Women collaboration. “Alhamdulillah, in the past seven months it has already been implemented in West Nusa Tenggara and Maluku,” explained him. In both provinces, The Habibie Center cooperated with Nusatenggara Centre and Institute Tifa Damai Maluku to carry out four dialogue facilitator and mediation trainings, and fourteen community level dialogues. Most of the program participants were women from various backgrounds, ranging from housewives, PAUD teachers, lecturers, students, activists to journalists.

Indonesian Management Specialist UN Women Program, Liliy Puspasari, also explained that UN Women is a commitment which is used to be a common framework at global level and related to the rights of women and girls to be free from conflict situations. It also plays an active role in contributing to create peace and ensuring their rights are fulfilled in conflict and post-conflict situations in Indonesia. “This international commitment has also been adopted in various policies and rules at national level, including national action plan according to Presidential Regulation No. 18/2014 concerning Protection and Empowerment of Women and Children in Social Conflict,” said Liliy.

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