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Reducing Violence Against Women

Why this issue is important

Violence against women stems from the unequal power imbalance between men and women. Women victims of violence face significant challenges to fulfil their rights to security, education, health and employment. In the Central Bureau of Statistics and UNFPA survey in 2017, one in three Indonesian women had experienced violence, inflicted by their spouse or someone known to them.

The number of cases of gender-based violence in Indonesia continues to increase. KOMNAS Perempuan recorded 348,446 cases in 2017, 312 of which were child brides. However, laws governing sexual violence provide limited protection for women. As a result, women victims of violence continue to face discrimination, and struggle to access the services and support they need.

Our approach

Ending violence against women is a priority of the Indonesian government. MAMPU supports Komnas Perempuan, FPL (Forum of Service Providers) and BaKTI to work with government and parliament at local and national levels to create policies, programs and systems that can protect women from violence.

Partners connect women to services they need when faced with violence. They do this by forming women’s groups, training women in community organising and outreach as paralegals, conducting advocacy and public campaigning, providing case-handling, legal assistance and collecting data on cases of violence to advocate for stronger protections in national laws.

Our achievements

  • Following sustained advocacy from MAMPU Partners, the draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU P-KS) was tabled by the House of Representatives
  • Development of an Integrated Criminal Justice System model in the handling of cases of violence against women (SPPT-PKKTP) in Central Java.
  • Local regulations on the prevention and treatment of women victims of violence and budget allocations.
  • ‘Participatory Recess’ guidelines developed by BaKTI tested by parliament members from Parepare, Ambon, Kendari and East Lombok.