1) President to attend Mother`s Day commemoration in Papua
Reporter: antara 6 hours ago
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo is scheduled to attend the 89th commemoration of Mother`s Day in Raja Ampat, West Papua, on Dec 22.
"Mr. President wants the commemoration to be held outside the palace, so that mothers across Indonesia can feel it," Minister of Women`s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yemise noted in a press conference at her office on Monday.
Raja Ampat is a group of islands located in the western tip off the Bird`s Head Peninsula, West Papua.
The government has selected Raja Ampat as the venue of this year`s Mother`s Day commemoration, as it is keen to share its happiness with women living in the country`s remote, outlaying, and backward areas during Mother`s Day, she noted.
Thus, women in West Papua will be able to gain a broader insight into women`s empowerment from their counterparts residing in the rest of Indonesia who will visit Raja Ampat, known as one of the most beautiful places in the country, he explained.
Yemise further pointed out that the Mother`s Day commemoration should not merely be viewed from the perspective of lauding mothers who have devoted much of their time in taking care of their families or fulfilling their domestic duties.
The minister expressed hope that the commemoration of Mother`s Day would offer the necessary momentum to recall and praise the spirit and struggles of women in the national development process.
The minister further recalled the long path of the Indonesian women`s struggle to realizing their roles and status in the life of the nation and state.
Reported by Anom Prihantoro (T.S012/B/KR-BSR/B/H-YH)