Violence against women undermines a country’s social fabric and prevents women from achieving social and economic equality. This is why gender equality and women’s empowerment are a core part of DFAT’s foreign policy, economic diplomacy and development work.
The Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction (MAMPU) program is a joint initiative of the Australian and Indonesian governments. This program enables a network of civil society organisations and female parliamentarians to influence government policies, regulations and services to improve the lives of poor women in Indonesia.
This program aims to increase the access of poor women in Indonesia to critical services and programs and to improve their livelihoods. The program works across five themes that are priorities for the Indonesian Government: access to social protection; access to jobs; better conditions for overseas labour migration; better maternal and reproductive health services; and reducing violence against women.
Through Australia’s support, the program’s local partner PEKKA (Women Headed Household Empowerment Program) has helped women like Mardia in Aceh, Indonesia, by bringing local officials to villages to help poor citizens sign up to access services, such as family cards and health insurance. Legal identity starts with a baby’s birth registration, but according to the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning, only half of Indonesian children have birth certificates.
An Australian-supported study by the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Indonesia, launched in July 2016, looked at the challenges associated with legal identity and how to make it easier for women like Mardia to obtain the documents they need so they don’t miss out on important health, education and social services.