Tuesday, 13 April 2021 | 11:20 WIB

Social Affairs Minister Urges Media to Support Women’s Role in Social Welfare

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (kemsos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs hopes that the media can strengthen the mainstreaming of women’s role in social welfare development. Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini has asked the media to strengthen education and support for women, whose duties become more challenging during this pandemic.

To the declarators of the Indonesian Journalists Alliance (AWI), the Social Affairs Minister demands for alignments and support for women from all various communities, including the media.

"In the pandemic era, the role of women becomes more complex because they have to play additional roles, such as 'teacher,' since they have to teach their kids during the online classes. As a fellow woman, I hope that Indonesian Journalists Alliance has the same passion to strengthen women's roles," said the Social Affairs Minister during a declaration event of Indonesian Journalists Alliance in Jakarta on Monday (03/08/2021).

According to the Social Affairs Minister, the declaration of Indonesian Journalists Alliance happens on March 8th, which is the same as International Women's Day. It is in accordance with the Social Affairs Ministry's vision and duties, which consider a family, where a woman (mothers) are important subjects as a strategic target in its various programs. It is similar to the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH), where mothers have important roles both in the family, or as a locomotive for the speeding up of poverty management.

"Therefore, there is a similar passion that the Social Affairs Ministry and the Indonesian Journalists Alliance have. I am sure it can be an essential base in order to ensure that the social welfare establishment program, especially poverty management, can be operated in accordance with justice and civility principles," she said.

For the Social Affairs Ministry, the media is a strategic partner. It is stated in Article 3 Paragraph 1 of Press Regulation Number 40 Year 1999 on Press, where the funtions of the press are providing information and education for the public. In this matter, the media works in gathering and organizing the information and data before publishing them to the public.

According to the Social Affairs Minister, educational information is spread in the middle of society which in the end, it can form a public opinion.

"The media can be a strategic partner. Along with other nation's elements to promote the spirit of optimism to face the pandemic, and to educate the citizens so that they keep following the health protocols, even though recently the government has been doing the vaccination program," said the Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini.