Jayapura, 13/3 (Jubi) – Women’s struggle is not limited to demanding their rights, but also to foster the spirit of change in everyone to participate in national development, said the head of the Military Counselor Department on Thursday (13/3).
“There are many stories told about the low dignity of women, the harassment and inhuman treatment has put the women at the lowest point of God’s creation,” Major Infantry Nurwanto said at a seminar on the Role of Women in Sustainable Development to celebrate the 68th anniversary of Persit Kartika Chandra Kirana on Tuesday (11/3).
He said women were beginning to have their freedom and dignity and enjoy the same recognition as men. But their struggle for equality still faces many obstacles, including from conservative groups who are opposed to changes to traditional laws, Nurwanto said.
“But along with those barriers, feminism continues to grow. Many women, particularly those who come from better social backgrounds are able to deliver important changes in society,” he added.
The director of the State Administration Institute (IPDN) Papua, Margaretha Rumbekwan, said at the seminar that women had many roles both in family and society, keeping her husband’s careers as well as hers and in politics and religion as well.
“In the family institution, women must play the role of lead educators of her children, mediators and peacemakers in family and also be able to motivate and encourage her children in learning,” she said. (Jubi/Aprila/rom)