Violence against women and children endemic to the Riau Islands: governor

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Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – Riau Islands Governor Ansar Ahmad has drawn attention to the high number of cases of violence against women and children in the province.

Ahmad noted that women and children make up two-thirds of the total population of the Riau Islands, with most of them divided into family units.

With so many, women and children are subject to violence and discrimination, Ahmad noted Wednesday in Tanjungpinang.

“Therefore, collaboration and coordination among stakeholders must be carried out to gain the support of all parties in an effort to restore family functions,” he said.

The governor noted that the high rate of violence against children and women in the Riau Islands was in part due to the high mobility of the public. Endemic poverty and the unemployment rate were also factors triggering violence against women and children.

The increase in cases of violence against women and children is a testament to the weakness of family resilience. Thus, efforts to restore family functions are deemed necessary.

“To send information (on) the realization of children’s rights, parenting models and the role of families in the formation of quality kinship, for which we must promote (them) in accordance with efforts to improve the well- be part of the family thanks to the involvement of women in the economy, ”he stressed.

The governor also stressed the importance of working with community organizations, such as the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the Da’i Women’s Organization, so that the concept of protection of women and children can be accelerated by through religious activities.

He praised the economic development efforts initiated by the Office for Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection, Population Control and Family Planning of the Riau Islands (DP3AP2KB), such as the development of ‘girls’ schools and micro-enterprises.

“However, what needs to be taken into account is the development of quality, both in terms of product and packaging. Indeed, our products are generally good, but the packaging is still lacking”, Ahmad said.

Riau Islands Bureau for Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection, Population Control and Family Planning Chief Misni noted that violence against women and children has tend to increase in number over time. The types of violence and their modes also varied.

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According to the Simphoni reporting system, some 552 cases of violence against women and children were recorded in 2019. In 2020, some 589 cases were reported, while 298 cases were recorded as of November 8, 2021.

She noted that one of the prevention efforts that could be undertaken was to speed up public information or education.

“Considering that the Taklim Council Contact Agency (BKMT) is one of the social organizations that has networks down to the village level and (even up to) the family unit, it plays a strategic role in promoting the da’wah (conference) in the midst of the public in order to prevent (violence against) women and children, ”she noted.

Misni found it necessary for their administration and the Taklim council contact agency to work together to disseminate information on parenting in the family, the role of fathers, the realization of the rights of women and children, and equality or l equity for men and women.

She also explained that the business incubation program for women MSME, which started in 2019, had 108 participants, who were active in product manufacturing in 2021.

“We see that this business incubation activity has the potential to be developed, so it requires the support of related DPOs, such as the Bureau of Industry and Trade and the Bureau of Cooperatives and SMEs of the Riau Islands province to train these participants together, ”she said. added.

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