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Launch and Dissemination of Policy Briefs and Infographics on Fulfillment of Women’s Constitutional Rights, Impacts and Policies and Women’s Resilience in the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Date Enacted: March 2021
Country: Indonesia

The National Commission on Violence against Women “responded to the situation of violence and the handling of violence against women in the era of the Covid 19 pandemic . . . by carrying out quantitative studies and qualitative studies.” These studies resulted in three policy briefs and a publication entitled “‘Designing’ Strategies in Uncertainty.” The policy briefs, each of which focus on different topics related to women, contain a series of recommendations. Policy Brief 1 on “Fulfillment of the Constitutional Rights of Women Victims of Domestic Violence in the COVID-19 Pandemic and The New Normal” includes a section on “Findings from Qualitative Study on the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on The Service Providers for Women Victims of Violence” and includes a recommendation for Safe Houses to be “supported by ministries/agencies.” Policy Brief 2 on the topic of “Looking at the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Restriction Policy Through Indonesian Women’s Perspective” contains a section on “Vulnerable target groups in social security programs” and recommends that the government budget support women’s crisis centres. Policy Brief 3, entitled “Women’s Resilience in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” contains “four case studies . . .  to illustrate women’s resilience . . . during the COVID-19 pandemic” and includes a recommendation to “[i]ncrease the competence of women’s organizations by engaging with government officials from villages in the rural area or neighbourhood/community units in the urban area, up to the national level.” The “‘Designing’ Strategies in Uncertainty” publication is a compilation of “a series of studies on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the corresponding policies for its management on the condition of women.” To compile this information, the National Commission on Violence against Women conducted online surveys, focus group discussions, and literature reviews towards the goal of “better understand[ing] the impact of the pandemic and its related management policies on women’s lives.”  The publication contains short-term, mid-term, and long-term recommendations directed at a number of different government agencies and ministries.