News article | 22-12-2021 | 04:17
As part of the 16 global days Orange the world campaign, which aims to end violence against women and girls, the Dutch embassy organized a rally on December 7. Instead of the usual offices, this event actually took place on the grounds of the GBK Stadium in Jakarta. In this way, the Embassy could also showcase the valuable work of our partner INSPIRE, an organization that works tirelessly to educate young Indonesian boys about the importance of respecting women and seeing them as equals. And the organization does this through football trainings, showing that preventing violence against women can be promoted through fun and engaging activities.
The event was well attended by more than 30 diplomatic and civil society representatives. Besides a demonstration of the football project, we took advantage of the event to share the efforts and experiences of various countries to end violence against women. The Director General for the Protection of Women’s Rights, Ibu Ratna Susianawato, opened the event alongside Deputy Head of Mission Ardi Stoios-Braken and United Nations Resident Coordinator for Indonesia Ibu Valerie Julliand. During the discussion that took place, we learned the importance of a holistic approach, working in parallel on awareness, prevention and support for victims. We also learned about the importance of an effective legal and policy framework criminalizing violence against women. Above all, we must build a strong society that promotes mutual respect and gender equality.