For the Sake of Indonesia’s Women, We Need to Pass the Sexual Violence Bill
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action calls upon Governments to enact and enforce legislation to punish perpetrators of violence against women, and to protect and help survivors recover. If Indonesia passes the Elimination of Sexual Violence Bill, the country can take a big step forward in meeting its commitments to the Beijing agreement.
The House of Representatives failed to pass the Bill during its most recent session, but the House and the Government have given priority to its passage this year. The Bill regulates both punishments for perpetrators and protections for their victims. It covers sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, forced contraception, forced abortion, rape, forced marriage, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual torture, sexual violence committed by children, crimes committed by corporate entities, and other crimes related to sexual violence.