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Contribution posted on behalf of Siti Fuadilla Alchumaira, Co-Founder Empowomen

1.      Is sex-disaggregated data on the effects of the pandemic available? How has your national and local government responded to the specific needs of women and girls in your area?

No, it is not. Unfortunately, both central and local government doesn’t provide sex-disaggregated data. In hence, we could hardly analysis the need based on gender and age. It turns out the biggest challenge to provide solution or any movements as needed. Thus the program provided is not gender sensitive.

2.      Are women leaders visible in your country/area? Can you share examples of successful women leaders’ initiatives to mitigate coronavirus impacts? What sector are they working in, and what contributions did they make?

There is one of effective female leaders, such as a major in one java region. She tried to work on strategic and practical plan in responding the covid-19 case in the region. She managed to work with some partners and took a quick and effective decision to protect citizens by providing disinfectant and isolation facilities for citizens. She also works with governor to slow down the spread. As one of political leader, her movement would help the citizens get prepared in facing this pandemic.

3.      What can be done by governments, parliaments, civil society, and the media to ensure women’s voices are more included?

Government hold a crucial role in leading the country to response covid-19. They need to be able in providing clear and transparent data and information, thus everyone in each sector could participate in responding the case based on data analysis or science based. In hence, as a duty bearer, state needs to consider fulfilling, protect and promote human rights in this situation through inclusive and effective policy. Most importantly, to be able leading coordination inter-sectors through clear communication and effective program. As civil society, we could participate to help each other in providing the needs if the state couldn’t provide any. In hence, we can work with other civil society organization to help government implement the policy. Media is one of important agency to bridge every information from central to grass-root. Media need to be objective and fair in providing information and prevent any misleading facts or confusing statement. Media could be a powerful tool to educate society as long as they could provide the information through inclusive for every layer society. So, they could understand and get proper information. It is important of each sector could intervene through gender responsive planning. Because eachsector will affect women and men differently. The failure to address gender-sensitive approach, we will see a long term disproportional impacts experienced by women, men and other gender minority.

4.      What are the non-formal sectors and spaces where key decisions are being taken and women’s voices need to be bolstered (e.g. logistics, supply chains, etc.)?

In now days, civil society organization took an important role in promoting gender responsive approach to response this pandemic. Some women’s rights activist group initiates so many talks, advocacy and direct implementing program to raise awareness of people and reach out vulnerable group, such as women, children, disability groups, elder people, as they are missed out from the global or local consideration in handling the case. It might help the vulnerable groups, but it needs bigger intervention to sustain their well-being. It takes a political will from government to promote gender aspect in task force program, thus the response planning and program prepared by government could also address this emerging issue and reach out specific target and needs.

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