This was conveyed by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi while attending the High-Level Event on Global Solidarity with Afghan Women and Girls meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States, Tuesday, September 19 2023.
"We are all here for one purpose, namely to show our solidarity for Afghan women and girls. Solidarity means empathy and real support," said Foreign Minister Retno, starting her speech, which was delivered during the week of the UN General Assembly.
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Furthermore, she said that the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan was very worrying.
"Are we going to let politics prevent us from helping Afghanistan? Or are we going to lend a hand, whatever the political conditions?" asked Foreign Minister Retno.
Indonesia believes the second option is the more appropriate choice. That is why Indonesia contributes to Afghanistan in 3 ways, namely:
1. Humanitarian assistance, in the form of sending 10 million doses of polio vaccine to Afghanistan, in collaboration with UNICEF.
2. Sharing experiences with Afghan scholars. As the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia shares experiences with Afghan clerics regarding the importance of education for women, one of which is through the cleric visit program to Afghanistan organized by the OIC.
3. Providing education and training for women. Last year, Indonesia and Qatar held the International Conference on Afghan Women's Education (ICAWE) in Bali. The second conference will be held in November this year. On this occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited the meeting participants to attend this conference.
High-Level Event on Global Solidarity with Afghan Women and Girls is a side event of the UN SMU series in New York organized by Indonesia together with Ireland, Canada and the Women's Forum.