Gender Institute members Dr Iwu Utomo and Professor Peter McDonald were invited recently to provide comments on the draft bill on Gender Equality in Indonesia to the Indonesian People’s Representative Council (DPR) and the Regional Representative Council (DPD).
ADSRI’s Indonesia Gender and Reproductive Health Study was used in drafting the bill. Dr Utomo and Professor McDonald were on the panel of experts which also included Professor Saparinah Sadli, Professor Jimly Assiddiqie, Nuriah Wahid and Professor Musdah Mulia.
The House of Regional Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia came to visit Canberra to meet with the Australian parliamentarians to discuss issues relating to gender. As part of the delegation’s visit to Australia they also met with academics from the ANU who are conducting research in the areas of gender empowerment and gender equality. This Indonesian delegation are members of the Bill Drafting Committee who are responsible for drafting the Gender Equality Bill. They came to visit Australia to research gender empowerment and gender equality and how this research might help them frame their bill. At ANU, the Gender Institute organized meeting with the Law Faculty academics, staffs and students at the Law College morning tea followed by discussion with the Gender Institute’s researchers and academics. Dr. Iwu Utomo was asked to present her view on the draft Gender Equality Bill.
Debate on the issues relating to gender equity continues and passing the bill may still be some years away.
Iwu Utomo (second from right) and Peter McDonald (far right) with members of the Regional Representative Council.