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Call for Women’s Involvement in Sustainable Development Overlooked by Vice Presidential Candidates

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Call for Women’s Involvement in Sustainable Development Overlooked by Vice Presidential Candidates
This moment of the vice presidential debate ended with the presidential-vice presidential pairs shaking hands.

Jakarta, Timerilis.com – Maila D inia Husni Rahiem, head of the Center for Religion, Environment, and Climate Change Studies at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, critiqued the recent vice presidential debate. She observed that the candidates failed to stress the importance of involving women in sustainable development.

Maila pointed out that the candidates did not focus on women’s crucial role in environmental conservation and their inclusion in environmental policies. This oversight was apparent in both their program outlines and responses to questions about women in indigenous communities.

At the debate on Sunday (21/1), the moderator asked vice presidential candidate number 3, Mahfud Md, about indigenous lands seizures since 2014, leading to criminalization and impoverishing indigenous women.

The candidates’ responses varied. Mahfud discussed regulating bureaucracy and law enforcement. Candidate number 1, Muhaimin Iskandar, highlighted inclusive community development. Candidate number 2, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, focused on involving entrepreneurs and MSMEs for balanced industrial growth.

However, Maila noted that none explicitly underscored women’s role in government policies and sustainable development. “Detailing women’s importance in these areas would make their programs more inclusive and effective,” Maila said, as reported by antaranews.com on Monday (22/01/2024).

She emphasized that women and children are especially vulnerable to climate change’s social, economic, and health risks. “They face challenges adapting to environmental changes due to limited resources. Therefore, policies catering to their needs are essential for reducing inequality and enhancing their welfare,” Maila explained.

Maila stressed the need for policies recognizing women’s and children’s rights fairly. “Their lack of participation in policy-making, especially in the environmental sector, is concerning,” she added.

This issue is critical, as women face unique challenges, including reproductive health, gender-based violence, children’s education, and food security. “Their substantial involvement in policy-making ensures these issues are represented and addressed,” Maila concluded.