The issues of children’s living condition have become one of the main concern of the government of Indonesia. The increasing violence against children, high rate of dropouts, the lack of health facilities for children, and other social problems have increasingly have made the government try hard to find the solutions. Hence, currently the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection has come up with the solution of creating a child friendly village in Papua. The Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise, wants to create a better place for the children in Papua to enable them to get better education, health access, social life, and also to stop violence against children. During her visit in Papua, early August 2016, she has decided to cooperate with the local government in selected places to develop child friendly village in Papua.
The protection of children’s rights is the obligation of the government of Indonesia, as mandated by children’s rights convention in accordance with Presidential Decree Number 36 of 1990,” said Yohana Yembise during her visit, cited from AntaraPapua.
According to the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Regulation number 12 of 2011, there are 31 indicators that will be the benchmark of a child friendly village. These indicators are reflected by the 5 children’s rights clusters; Cluster I: civil rights and freedom (good access for birth certificate, library facilities, information technology facilities, etc), Cluster II: family and other alternative nurturing environments (toddler and teenage family guidance, consultation facilities, counselor, etc), Cluster III: basic health and welfare (nutrients, immunization, disease prevention, etc), Cluster IV: education, maximization of leisure time, and cultural activities (child friendly school, 12 years of compulsory education, etc), Cluster V: special protection (data about children who need to be protected, percentage of children with legal problem, etc).
Minister Yohana Yembise already launched Biak Numfor Regency as a future child friendly regency, supported with the cooperation and commitment of the local government to protect and fulfill children’s rights.. Not only that, she also launched Sarawandori Village, Yapen Islands Regency, as a child friendly village in Papua.
The commitment of the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection towards creating a friendlier and saver environment for the Papuan children can also been seen in their cooperation with Indonesia Vision Medium (Wahana Visi Indonesia-WVI) to organize a charity concert with the title of “My Dream for Papua” held in Grand Studio Metro TV, Kedoya, West Jakarta, 15 October 2016.
” Through this concert, we are hoping that the private sector, government, and also social institutions can unite their heart and cement their commitment toward creating a child friendly village in Papua. We want to invite everyone to help Papua,” said the Head of WVI Foundation, Agnes Wulandari, cited from mediaindonesia.
This program is expected to reduce violence towards children in Papua, so that the children in Papua can live in a more loving and safer environment. In the future, this program will also create better education and health access for the Papuan children. Creating better world for the children is important because they are our future leader. Therefore. in order to ensure the future of our nation, we must also ensure the future life of our children.
Yohana Yembise is the first Papuan women Minister in Indonesia and also the first Papuan women who became a distinguish Professor. Throughout her life, she has been the defender of the education, especially in Papua. Not only that, she has also actively contributes in child’s rights activities. Therefore, during President Joko Widodo administration, he has chosen her to become the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection.