President wants prevention of violence against children prioritized

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed relevant ministries and non-ministerial government institutions to prioritize efforts to prevent violence against children. "Preventive action can be taken by launching various campaign models including socialization and public education which not only attracts but also encourages people to have social care for the issue of violence against children," he said at the Presidential Office in Jakarta Thursday while opening a limited meeting on handling the cases of violence against children.

The efforts to prevent violence against children must involve families, schools and the community, he said.

Quoting data from the Online Information System for Women and Children Protection (Simfoni PPA), he noted a significant increase in the cases of violence against children during the 2015-2016 period.

"The reported cases of violence against children in 2015 were recorded at 1,975 and the figure rose to 6,820 in 2016," he said.

Among the cases of violence against children, sexual violence was ranked first, followed by psychic violence and physical violence.

The president described the cases of violence against children as "the tip of the iceberg as only a small number is reported."

Also present at the limited meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD; Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto; Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy; Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Minister for Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmavati.

The others were Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi; Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly; Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto; Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara; Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung; Minister/State Secretary Pratikno; Chief of Presidential Staff Moeldoko; Finance Minister Sri Mulyani; National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa; Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah; Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim; Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama; Attorney General ST Burhanuddin, and Chief of the National Police General Idham Azis.

Source: Antara News

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