11 Oct Indonesia Selected To Be The 4th AMMW Host, Committed to Supporting Gender Equality
This year, Indonesia was selected as the host of the 4th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW). The event which is attended by ASEAN member countries is held annually. On this occasion, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Minister Bintang Puspayoga will provide an explanation regarding the AMMW event, along with strategic plans, commitments, and hopes for the realization of gender equality. This is in line with the goal of SDGs No. 10 on reducing inequalities.
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW)
The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW) aims to determine policies for the protection of women in ASEAN and support the decisions of the ACWC and ACW reports. Efforts to build ASEAN’s involvement, as a region, in women’s issues began at the ASEAN Women Leaders Conference held in 1975.
The ASEAN Sub-Committee on Women (ASW) was established in 1976 and was later renamed the ASEAN Women’s Program (AWP) in 1981.
To give new impetus to ongoing ASEAN cooperation on women’s issues, this sectoral body was restructured into the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW) in 2002.
Coordination and monitoring of the implementation of ASEAN regional priorities and cooperation on women’s issues and problems is carried out by the AMMW which meets regularly annual.
Theme of the 4th AMMW
“Digital Economy and Financial Inclusion for Improving ASEAN Women’s Competitiveness”
The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KemenPPPA) as the key agency for women and children issues at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will act as Chair and Host at the 4th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW) on October 11-15, 2021.
“This is the right momentum to create opportunities, open dialogue, and diplomacy to jointly build collaborations with various countries in supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality, especially in relation to the digital economy and financial inclusion,” said Minister Bintang Puspayoga in an official statement, Thursday (10/7).
Bintang said that the PPPA Ministry had carried out several activities and pre-session coordination meetings involving the ASEAN Secretariat, the Vietnamese Government as Chair of AMMW and related Ministries/Institutions. “In addition, we also collaborate with academics, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the business world to enliven the AMMW side event series with webinars and exhibitions of women’s MSME products,” she added.
Series of Events
“This meeting is very strategic because Indonesia will only be the host and the AMMW Chair will return in the next 30 years,” said Minister Bintang.
She further explained that there will be five series of sessions starting on October 11, 2021 in the morning that will discuss the cooperation program on women’s issues to exchange good practice experiences on the theme of the digital economy and financial inclusion.
The five series of activities are the 20th ACW Meeting, 13th ACW+3 Meeting, 23rd ACWC Meeting, 8th ACWC – ACW Consultation Meeting, and 4th AMMW.
“At the 4th AMMW session on October 15, 2021, the ministers will discuss the theme ‘Digital Economy and Financial Inclusion for Improving ASEAN Women’s Competitiveness’. The meeting is expected to produce a Joint Statement of the 4th AMMW Meeting,” said Minister Bintang.
In addition to a series of formal sessions, as the host, the PPPA Ministry also organizes various side events in the form of webinars, workshops, and focus group discussions which have started since October 5, 2021.
“On October 13, 2021 in the morning session, we will be holding the Awarding: APE Gender Awards for Central and Local Government Institutions. Anugerah Parahita Ekapraya (APE) is a KemenPPPA initiative to appreciate government institutions both at the central and regional levels that have been proven to consistently promote and implement gender mainstreaming into programs and policies. All information related to the series of sessions and side events can be accessed on the https://ammw2021-indonesia.org page,” said Minister Bintang.
Hope to Reduce Inequality
Minister Bintang hopes that all elements of the government, private sector, community institutions, the business world, media, academics can take advantage of the momentum of the 4th AMMW to pay attention to the implementation of gender mainstreaming and issues of women’s empowerment.
This is of course in order to create women’s participation in the digital economy and financial inclusion in order to increase women’s competitiveness, both at the national and ASEAN levels.
“Women’s issues include multi-sectoral problems and are also faced by various countries. Therefore, our struggle to achieve gender equality must be more massive,” concluded Minister Bintang.
First Day Event on October 11, 2021
20th ACW Meeting
The 20th ASEAN Commitment on Women (ACW) meeting was attended by delegates at the level of senior officials in each ministry responsible for women and girls in AMMW participating countries such as Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, including Indonesia.
ACW supports AMMW by recommending regional policies, developing and implementing five-year regional work plans, and managing partnerships among member countries.
Deputy for Gender Equality at the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KemenPPPA), Lenny N. Rosalin emphasized the importance of a shared commitment in implementing ACW’s mandate to mainstream gender in the three ASEAN Community Pillars and involving ASEAN Sectoral Bodies to promote gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
“There is a need to strengthen partnerships with traditional partners such as the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN), UN Women and USAID, as well as other stakeholders and civil society organizations,” said Lenny as quoted from the Ministry of PPPA’s website, Monday (10/11).
Broadly speaking, the meeting discussed the completion of the 2016-2020 ACW Work Plan implementation and the preparation and implementation of the next 2021-2025 ACW Work Plan.
For 2022, delegates will focus on gender mainstreaming; women, peace and security; women’s economic empowerment; digital inclusion and women’s finance; and women’s political participation and leadership.
Reported by Kompas, The webinar entitled “The Beauty of Batik as Cultural Heritage on Hands of Women” in the framework of the 4th ASEAN Ministerial Meetings on Women (AMMW), Monday (10/11).
“The number of women involved in the batik industry will more than double in the fashion and batik trade,” said Bintang. Even more, there are currently around 47,000 batik business units spread across 101 batik centers. At least, the field employs more than 200,000 women as pembatik.
“Batik as part of the fashion industry experienced high and stable growth, even during the pandemic,” said Minister Bintang.
Data from the Ministry of Industry (Kemenperin) shows that the net value of batik exports is 21.5 million US dollars in 2020. This number is an increase from the previous year, which reached 18 million US dollars.
“No wonder, because batik is recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity,” she said.
For Indonesia, batik is not only a product of cloth painting, but also a warm expression of the nation’s cultural and spiritual welfare.
According to her, batik is closely related to women and fashion as well as being part of the creative industry.