Many European Union and Republic of Indonesia officials pledged to support the HeForShe gender equality campaign at a ceremony officially kicking off the 16 Days of Activism to end gender based violence, at Plaza Indonesia Warehouse in Jakarta today. The global campaign, which President Jokowi supports as a Head of State Champion, is part of the official commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism, which will end on 10 December, Human Rights Day.
"We support #HeForShe because give me one good reason why not!" said the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia Johanna Brismar Skoog.
An art exhibition featuring participating artworks from a Planet 50-50 Competition organized by UN Women Indonesia to engage young people from across the country in the campaign will continue to be showcased at the Plaza Indonesia Warehouse for the duration of the 16 days.
The event was opened by the Deputy Minister for Protection of Women's Rights, Professor Vennetia Danes, who stated that violence against women in Indonesia must be stopped immediately and said that it was time for the equal participation of men and women in all aspects of Indonesian life.
As part of the event, Lily Puspasari from UN Women Indonesia announced the winners of the Planet 50-50 Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The three winning works were able to represent the meaning of and the need for gender equality in a very relatable way.
Come and visit the series of events during the 16 Days of Activism and join our campaign to stop gender based violence now!