British envoy admires participation of RI women

13 March, 2012 | Source: ANTARA News

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The British Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN, Mark Canning, admires the role of Indonesian women, which is superior to how women participate in other Southeast Asian countries.

In his statement at the commemoration of International Women`s Day here on Thursday night, Canning said, "I have visited many countries in Southeast Asia and seen that only in Indonesia do women have a greater role in various fields."

He noted that Indonesian women were also expected to play a greater role in the future in the fields of education, politics, and the economy.

"It is important to give women the opportunity to play their role in the progress of economic development," said the British ambassador.

Canning also expressed his hope that every country could protect women against discrimination and violence.

Further, he said the empowerment of women was important for society to maintain.

Meanwhile, Luly Altruiswaty from the Office of the State Ministry for Women`s Empowerment, said the government remains committed to the protection of women.

She noted that a bill on gender equality and the protection of women is being considered by the House of Representatives (DPR) prior to becoming a law.

"Women`s empowerment, especially in economic fields, is actually a top government priority because women can play their role in economic development," she added.

 

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