THE RESEARCH of a student of Australian Consortium fir In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Emma Cecilia Roberts about the victim of violence against women in Malang, East Java, brings out several of interesting findings. One of the findings is the fact that society tend to cover their family disgrace and respect local norms rather than protecting women.
According to Emma, it happened because of the lack of society’s insight into justice. Those findings are revealed in Final Report held by ACICIS of Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP) UMM at Room 611 Lecture Building (GKB) I UMM, Tuesday (9/6).
Interestingly, she continued, women also tend to be passive after being mistreated by men. “They also belief that regulations and institutions have nothing to do with the marriage affair,” she added.
Therefore, she expected that there should be the legality of justice for the victim of violence to afford forthwith. For her, there has to be balance between law institution, Javanese culture, and social reality in attempting the women protection movement. “The media should also take part in discussing this problem regularly,” she said.
Furthermore, she recommended that there should be educational effort toward this issue. “We need to develop the gender-based education among students at school and to counsel lesson about violence against women among local governments,” she explained.
According to the Executive (Plt) of ACICIS Program Widiya Yutanti, MA, this Final Report is the last presentation following up the two previous agendas, General Lecture and Progress Report. After the Final Report, Emma should submit the final report to get the certificate and official transcript from ACICIS UMM.
“This certificate from ACICIS UMM is one of the graduation requirements for students of Australian National University (ANU) and Murdoch University of Australia who majoring Asian Studies. They should have live experience regarding the topic the study on. Without the certificate conferred, they cannot graduate from their university,” she explained. (han/t_far).