Potential, role of women in economy must be developed: Minister

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The role and potential of women in the economy is very crucial and needs to be developed, Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Welfare Bintang Puspayoga said in a statement from press published on Tuesday.

Women’s participation in the Indonesian economy has increased significantly, she pointed out.

In the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, Indonesian women’s contribution to the economy has reached 61 percent, with nearly half of MSMEs owned and managed by women, she noted.

This shows that the potential of women in labor and investment is very crucial, not only for daily life and family resilience, but also for the nation, Puspayoga noted.

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“As the largest economy in ASEAN, Indonesia should implement the National Economic Stimulus Program (PEN) to accelerate economic growth,” the minister said.

“By allocating sufficient funds through the PEN, with the majority of benefit and program recipients being women, it is expected that this can alleviate a fairly significant economic burden caused by the pandemic,” she added. .

Puspayoga said she supported the efforts of the Indonesian Association of Women Entrepreneurs (IWAPI) and the Asia-Africa Chamber of Commerce (AACC) to build the capacity of women entrepreneurs in investment, trade and business. business.

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“Representing the Indonesian government, I give the highest appreciation to IWAPI and AACC who have helped women entrepreneurs in investment, trade and business,” she said.

Many women have been economically empowered and taken on leadership positions, Puspayoga said.

However, there are still many women who are not fully empowered, she added.

According to UN Women, one of the factors that hinder women’s economic empowerment is discrimination in the labor market, she informed.

This discrimination can take the form of limited access to certain sectors and wage discrimination, she explained.

A gender gap in the labor market not only lowers women’s earnings but also affects their status in society, the minister said.

This puts women in a vulnerable position professionally, especially during economic crises, she added.

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