Jakarta: Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi opened the Regional Training on Women, Peace, and Security at Fairmont Hotel, Senayan, Jakarta on Monday, April 8, 2019.
The three-day training is aimed to improve women's participation and capacity in the maintenance of peace and security in the region and beyond. The regional meeting is attended by 60 female diplomats from ASEAN member countries, Timor Leste, as well as Papua New Guinea (PNG).
In her welcoming speech, Retno called for more serious efforts to mainstream the role of women in the regional peace agenda. In addition to that, Retno urged all stakeholders to build and nurture networks of female peace negotiators and mediators in the region.
"Women are effective agents of peace and tolerance," the Indonesian top diplomat said.
"The role of women in peace and security must not only be an exception but a norm," the Indonesian minister noted.
Last Month, Retno attended the 5th World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo. During the forum, Retno met with female high-ranking officials from other eight countries.
The 5th WAW! Meeting was held by the Government of Japan in cooperation with Women 20, an engagement group of G-20 that promotes the issues of women empowerment, gender equality, and inclusive development in international economics. WAW! Forum is an embodiment of Japan's commitment to mainstreaming gender issues and women empowerment in various sectors.
“I strongly believe in the power of women's involvement in promoting peace," the Foreign Affairs Ministry's website quoted Retno as saying.
Let us work together to promote the role of women as the agents of peace and tolerance," Retno added.
By having its first woman Foreign Minister, Indonesia, the country with the biggest Muslim population, is considered to have complete credentials to be the motor to promote women's participation. Indonesia's achievement in this regard can also be seen from the strong commitment of President Joko Widodo in supporting women's roles, by assigning a number of women ministers with strategic portfolios within Working Cabinet.