The Government of Indonesia (GoI)’s has taken strong steps in ending childhood violence for the past few years. Recently, GoI demonstrated its commitment by being a pathfinder country in the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. While the pledge to end childhood violence is elaborated through GoI’s policies and programs, involvement of non-government actors such as students, academics, policy makers, practitioners, civil society organizations, and the broader community is key to the success of achieving this national priority.
UNICEF and PUSKAPA collaborate to facilitate accessible public dialogues around violence against children involving government and non-government actors. By strengthening the interaction between these actors, UNICEF and PUSKAPA aim to strengthen and expand data-driven, interdisciplinary, and effective policy advocacies to solve complex problems that affect children’s wellbeing in Indonesia. Since May 2017, the collaboration has been facilitating and enhancing the quality of public discussion under “Ending Childhood Violence” Learning Series.
The multidimensional nature of ending childhood violence requires us to understand it using various lenses. The first Learning Series on July 24th 2017 discussed about reaping the benefit of demographic bonus by ending childhood violence. Maliki, Director of Population Planning and Social Security of Bappenas, and Turro Selrits Wongkaren from Demographic Institute University of Indonesia, emphasized the value of early investment in children through education and child protection for the future of Indonesia, when the current generation reaches their productive years on 2020-2030.
Childhood violence discussion is further enriched with a subsequent Learning Series on August 30th 2017 on the role of policies and programs in protecting children. Woro Sri Hastuti from Bappenas presented GoI’s strategic plans in child protection which are elaborated in policies and programs in various sectors. In the occasion, Eka Simanjuntak from UNICEF along with Tata Sudrajat from Save the Children brought forward their programs on positive discipline in schools and parenting as a measure to protect children in their closest environment.
The following Learning Series on September 26th 2017 went in-depth to bring up the efforts, issues, and challenges in eradicating child marriage in Indonesia. Mr. Gantjang Amanullah from BPS laid out data on child marriage in Indonesia, found through various surveys. Mr. Ahmad Hilmi from Rumah KitaB described reported cases on child marriage and its underlying factors through Rumah KitaB’s past research. Mr. Supriyadi Widodo Eddyono, ICJR’s Executive Director, presented the efforts being done by civil society to move forward and make a change through Marriage Law judicial review. In October 2017, the discussion shifted to violence at home environment, where domestic violence towards children is still prevalent. The seminar brought together KPPPA, Komnas Perempuan, and an academician from ANU to understand the situation and impact of domestic violence towards children, case management, and its prevention. Dr. Ariane Utomo from ANU also highlighted the importance of children’s perspective to help policy makers and service providers in building programs that would eliminate domestic violence.
UNICEF and PUSKAPA will hold more learning series next year. We believe the more we discuss and share knowledge and expertise on childhood violence, the more inspired we will be to work together at solving them.