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Title: Strengthening Women’s Participation and Representation in Governance in Indonesia [SWARGA] Project: Challenges and Prospectives
Authors: Pheni Chalid
Keywords: Governance;Challenges;Prospectives
Issue Date: Jan-2015
Abstract: Number of elected women in Indonesian legislative in 2014 is decreased. On average 80% parliament members are dominated by men at national and sub-national level. Meanwhile, at District/City level there is 2% increased of elected legislative candidates. Generally, in DPD, DPR RI and DPRD province had reduced in number elected women candidates. Likewise, the number of Women’s representation in the House of Regional Representatives (DPD RI) increasing from 22 percent in the 2004 elections to 27 percent in 2009. Though women candidates who are running and entering the voter list of political parties increased from 33.6 percent in 2009 to 37 percent in 2014. Legislative elections in 2014 describe a global picture on the level of women representation in the legislature bodies with 97 seats (17.32 per cent) in the House of Representatives (DPR), 34 seats (26.51 per cent) in the House of Regional Representatives (DPD), and an average of 16.14 per cent in the Provincial Parliament, and 14 percent in the district/city. These circumstances has historically recorded as a failure of women parliamentary members dealing with barriers in articulating the will of their constituents, furthermore, their institution as Indonesian political parties’ do not willing to invest much in cadre capacity building. This problem is, of course, not only limited to women. However, unlike men, women tend to be side-lined from decision-making positions and marginalized in general within the party structure. One of other burden transverse is Lack of well-developed networks among women further compounds this problem. Such networks or communities provide nationally and sub-nationally based women parliamentarians and other related stakeholders with a comprehensive mechanism to pool their knowledge and expertise in furtherance of the common good. Where the existing network, the Indonesian Women Parliamentary Caucus (Kaukus Perempuan Parlemen Republik Indonesia - KPP-RI), that has unclear structure and there is anecdotal evidence of a lack of coordination not only between different levels (national and provincial), but also between groupsoperating in the same field of interest, geographic area, and political level.This results in a lack of information and knowledge sharing between women parliamentarians and related stakeholders.
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