West Papua Indigenous Peoples Discussion on Women and Children

Photo: rri.co.id
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West Papua Indigenous Peoples Opinion on Women and Children in the Land of West Papua was held by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in Biak Numfor. The meeting attended by representatives from seven customary areas representing 260 tribes in West Papua. The totals of representatives are eighty-four traditional leaders.

West Papua Indigenous Peoples opinion on Women and Children in the Land of West Papua was held by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in Biak Numfor. The meeting attended by representatives from seven customary areas representing 260 tribes in West Papua. The totals of representatives are eighty-four traditional leaders. Besides, there are also religious figures, women leaders of West Papua, Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in Biak Numfor, Representatives from members of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Regional Representatives Council, and Provincial Regional Body. (The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection)

Through this meeting, local religious and customary leaders expressed their views on women and children. Women and children are the future so that indigenous peoples are concerned about the violence that occurs against women and children in the household and the trigger factors such as liquor, narcotics, pornography which is not a West Papuan culture. Customary law and religion in West Papua strongly opposed violence against women and children. However, various elements of West Papuan society also still have to develop themselves to follow the development of the era related to this issue. Indigenous peoples are also committed to support and cooperate in programs run by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. (Radio Republik Indonesia)

Chairman of the Papuan Customary Council Mr. Munawir Bebas Yan Piter Yerangga said that saving women and children is equivalent to saving the future of the Nation and the State. In West Papua Indigenous views, the role of women and children is a form of love and affection and we support the government’s program to protect the rights of women and children in West Papua. (Cendrawasih District Military Command)

This meeting is expected to raise awareness of the people of West Papua about the importance of women’s empowerment and child protection.  Influential culture leaders and religious leaders who are close to the life of the community in West Papua became partners of the government to identify and solve problems of women and children who are there.

Keyword: West Papua, Papua Province, Indonesia, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, religious leaders, customary leaders, Biak Numfor, discussion, women, children

By: Zura

Editor: Nabilah Audah