|Vice Governor of East Java Dr. H. Emil Elestianto Dardak, M.Sc. (centre) when receiving a souvenir from UMM Rector Dr. Fauzan, M.Pd (Photo: Rino / PR)|
"The involvement of women in all aspects of life is one of the conditions in an effort to realize equitable development. Because the potential of women is a large national asset that must be continuously developed to develop the State of Indonesia, "said the former Regent of Trenggalek who was now Vice Governor of East Java Dr. H. Emil Elestianto Dardak, M.Sc. Wednesday (6/3).
Emil attended the University of Muhammadiyah Malang Dome Hall (UMM) to fill a general lecture ahead of International Women's Day which fell on March 8. He said, in 2016 the male development index (HDI) of men had a higher rate than women's HDI. Male HDI was 74.23 and female HDI was 67.34. "The meaning is not yet equal," he said.
Regional Government, continued Emil, in this case, the East Java government was at the forefront of equitable development. "Because one of his government affairs is to increase the position and participation of women in development through a program to Increase Participation and Gender Equality in Development," Emil said in front of thousands of UMM students in various departments.
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Indonesian culture in general and especially East Javanese culture, continued Emil, still adhered to the culture of Patriarchy, which was based on the lineage of the father. "From this point of view, the East Java Provincial Government seeks to balance the roles of women and men, but without eliminating the existing culture, and of course this is not easy," said Emil who also explained the Nawa Bhakti Satya program.
Gender equality, he said, was a human right. The right to live honourably, be free from fear and free to make life choices was not only for men, but women also had the same rights in their essence. So that according to him can be balanced from several aspects. It can be seen from education, politics, health, economy and employment.
To increase women's awareness of the issue of gender equality and educate women workers about their rights as women workers, the Labour Rights for Women campaign program aimed at young women workers had been endlessly voicing and educating women through Labour Rights for Women events and training with the theme "Gender Equality".
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Gender equality did not have to be seen as an equal right and obligation without further consideration. "It's too shameful if women shout about gender equality issues if we mean everything must be absolutely the same as men. Basically, women certainly will not be ready if they have to bear the heavy burden that is usually borne by men, "he said.
On this occasion, there was also a Talk Show about the issue of gender and femininity. This agenda presented the first female Mayor of Batu City Dra. Dewanti Rumpoko, M.Sc. who was panelled with gender observers who were also academics in the UMM Government Science Department. While the presence of Emil replaced Governor Dra. Hj. Khofifah Indar Parawansa, M.Sc. (Win)