Jayapura, Jubi – National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) chair Andy Yentriyani said that cases of HIV/AIDS in women are strongly correlated with cases of violence against women.
“Women living with HIV/AIDS are vulnerable to violence. On the other hand, women who are victims of [sexual] violence are vulnerable to HIV infection,” Yentriyani said during a workshop held by the commission and the Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) in Jayapura City on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, which discussed protection for women living with HIV/AIDS in conflict areas.
According to the commission’s data, Papua was one of the regions in Indonesia with the highest HIV prevalence rate, as well as a high level of violence against women. “However, the level of violence against women is not recorded properly,” said Yentriyani.
She said services for women with HIV/AIDS must be carried out in an integrated manner to improve their quality of life. She emphasized that health services for people living with HIV/AIDS including women living with HIV/AIDS were very important and should never be interrupted.
Meanwhile, MRP chair Timotius Murib said that authorities in Papua must pay attention to the situation of women living with HIV/AIDS and maximize protection for women and children in conflict areas.
“This is a serious problem. All stakeholders must talk about the protection of women and children, especially in conflict areas, but also in non-conflict areas,” said Murib.
Murib wished the workshop encouraged the issuance of Provincial Regulations and Special Regional Regulations on the protection of women and children in Papua.
“In this era of Special Autonomy, we have the opportunity to create proper regulations. [Current regulations] have not yet favored protection of women and children of, especially, Indigenous Papuans,” said Murib.
Murib hoped that Komnas Perempuan will assist stakeholders in drafting Provincial Regulations and Special Regional Regulations on the protection of women and children in Papua. (*)
Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G