Nusa Dua, Bali, 12th December 2018 – Today, the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing at Universitas Indonesia (PUSKAPA) in collaboration with the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network at Columbia University host a three-day international conference Viable and Operable Ideas for Child Equality (VOICE) with the theme "Finding Scientific Answers for the Challenges of the 21st Century for Family, Community and Public Policy".
In explaining the conference, Santi Kusumaningrum, the Director of PUSKAPA, says "The VOICE conference is the first of its kind to be held in this region. In this conference, we have around 250 global researchers, development and humanitarian practitioners, policy makers, and young leaders who share and converse about scientific evidence in the area of child protection and discuss ways to transform them into meaningful action. Child protection is an emotionally-charged issue, but we must ensure that policies are not made based on raw, populist emotions but on well-researched data instead.”
Mark Canavera, co-director of CPC Learning Network, further explains, “The VOICE conference demonstrates that Indonesian leadership on child protection and family welfare is taking root. The coming together of academics, policymakers, and practitioners to find evidence-based solutions to better protect children is at the heart of the CPC Learning Network’s mission, and we are proud to be a part of this work in collaboration with PUSKAPA. The VOICE conference will serve as an impressive platform in which the learning generated in Indonesia will be contributing to, and in dialogue with, global advancements.”
There are three-main 21st century challenges to be addressed in this conference: forced migration, especially that caused by climate change, and how it affects children’s wellbeing; social norms that underlie harms for children; and making technology beneficial rather than a threat for children. Participants from countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Colombia, Switzerland, Ghana, India, Zambia, Uganda, Pakistan, Nigeria, Liberia, Bangladesh, and Indonesia will work to foster international cooperation and networking in the area of child protection and wellbeing.
In his prepared remarks, Arie Setiabudi Soesilo, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, says "An event like VOICE is absolutely needed as it brings together people who are interested in child protection issues. We believe that child protection is a complex issue that deserves the attention of multiple stakeholders, whether they are government agencies, academics, activists or program implementers. The VOICE conference brings together global researchers and aligns perfectly with Universitas Indonesia’s mission to become one of world’s leading research universities."
The conference creates a medium through which policymakers and researchers share about factors that have an impact on the success of Indonesian national development goals of creating quality human capital. Pungky Sumadi, Deputy for Population and Labor, Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS, remarks "We need to acknowledge that children are more than their age group. They are citizens of the nation and deserve full protection of the government. The Indonesian government recognizes the cross-cutting nature of child protection and wellbeing, and is committed to prioritizing it as a central position of the national development target. "
This conference is supported by UNICEF Indonesia, the Learning Initiatives on Norms, Exploitation, and Explanation (LINEA), Kolaborasi Masyarakat dan Pelayanan untuk Kesejahteraan (KOMPAK), the Asia Foundation, the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, and Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice 2.
PUSKAPA (the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing at Universitas Indonesia) is a research and advocacy organization that works to help policy makers improve children’s access to health, education, justice, and social care in Indonesia. For more information on PUSKAPA, please visit www.puskapa.org
The CPC (Care and Protection of Children) Learning Network at Columbia University convenes academics, policymakers, and practitioners to promote innovative research, nurture communities of learning, and build the next generation of researchers and advocates for children and families worldwide. For more information on CPC Learning Network, please visit www.cpcnetwork.org
For more information, please contact Marsha Habib PUSKAPA Communication & General Affairs Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org