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Indonesia Minister: Violence Against Women Affects Productivity

Violence against women does not only affect a woman’s psychological and mental conditions, but also affects her productivity at work as well. This was stressed by the visiting Indonesian Minister
19 Jul 2016 12:18
Indonesia Minister: Violence Against Women Affects Productivity
Indonesian Minister for Women, Empowerment and Children, Professor Yohana Susana (seated left) with our Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (seated right) and other participants of the Women in Business Forum at Suva Business Centre yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

Violence against women does not only affect a woman’s psychological and mental conditions, but also affects her productivity at work as well.

This was stressed by the visiting Indonesian Minister for Women Empowerment and Children Professor Yohana Susana Yembise.

Professor Yembise was speaking during the Fiji Women in Business Forum at the Suva Business Centre.

Looking at it in a broader sense, she highlighted social and cultural situations as such affect the progress of women in economic activities.

“When we have to empower women in economic activities, we need to also eliminate violence against women and other underlying social and cultural impediments,” she said.

“We need to promote eliminations of violence against women to ensure our effort have less barrier to bring women forward in economic development.”

 

Growing in business

Members of the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council and Members of the Pacific Women in Business at the forum were also urged to strive for excellence in the field of Business.

Professor Yembise indicated there was a segment of women who need support to grow their business.

“We know that everyone, every woman works for a livelihood,” she said.

“We know that some of them had started from zero and now have become big entrepreneurs and business women.

“If we make categories of them, at least there are three segments; the beginners, the progressing and the developed ones.”

Professor Yembise said many women fall into the beginners category and they need support to survive and progress.

“The challenges they face are classical. They lack information, training, capital, assistance and also marketing,” she said.

“They have less access to economic resources, however, they support the livelihoods of many people.

 

Government commitment

Meanwhile, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, reiterated the Fijian Government’s commitment to women empowerment and equal representation of women in Fiji.

“Women are very capable business owners and leaders and through intergovernmental and private sector partnerships like these, we can show the world the mammoth contribution of women to the national economy,” she said.

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