On December 18, 2021, in commemoration of the national Mother’s Day and the protection of Indonesian citizens abroad, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima has carried out a socialization with the theme “Prevention of Domestic Violence” in collaboration with the Women’s Emergency Center (Centro de Emergencia Mujer or CEM), Ministry of Women, Peru . The activity, which took place in the hall of the Indonesian Embassy in Lima, was attended by around 40 Indonesian citizens who generally undergo mixed marriages with Peruvian citizens.
The Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Peru, Marina Estella Anwar Bey in her speech said “protection for Indonesian citizens abroad including women is very important for the government, and gender issues are one of the concerns, this is reflected in the formation of a Gender Mainstreaming team both at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Representatives RI.”
Ambassador Estella continued “the culture of machismo (a culture of aggressively displaying male self-esteem that often makes women victims of violence – ed ) is generally very strong in Latin America, and Peru is no exception. As a result of this culture coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of domestic violence in Peru has increased dramatically. The Peruvian government noted that during 2020 there were 503,410 cases of violence against women, most of which occurred in the household.”
“Observing this phenomenon, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima sees the need for socialization about tips on prevention and follow-up on cases of domestic violence to Indonesian citizens in Peru, especially at the Indonesian Embassy in Lima, there is an increasing trend of mixed marriages between Indonesian citizens and Peruvian citizens.” closing.
Discussions in the socialization referred to include:
- Gender and cultural stereotypes in Peru are correlated with acts of domestic violence.
- The Peruvian government continues to try to educate the Peruvian people about the issue of gender equality which is expected to also reduce the machismo culture.
- Under Peruvian law, domestic violence can take the form of physical, mental, sexual and economic violence.
- The Peruvian government provides various forms of protection for victims of domestic violence, including all foreigners residing in Peru, both legal and illegal, even those without documents.
- Various forms of protection that the Peruvian government can provide to victims of cases of domestic violence include 24-hour complaint services via the 100 hotline, legal assistance, psychological consultation, and shelter protection.
- Men who are victims of domestic violence also receive protection.
All Indonesian citizens who were present said that this was very important to know and they knew what to do if they became victims or knew there was an act of domestic violence around them.
Indonesian citizens in Peru are very rarely victims of cases of domestic violence. With this activity, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima hopes that domestic violence experienced by Indonesian citizens in Peru will be at a minimum or will not happen again.
Besides socialization, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima collaborated with the Dharma Wanita Persatuan of the Indonesian Embassy in Lima to carry out social service activities in the form of checking blood sugar, health checks and nutrition consultations which were used by all visitors.
The Peruvian Ministry of Women expressed its appreciation for the initiative of the Indonesian Embassy in Lima to organize this activity, because it is considered an active role in supporting the Peruvian government in disseminating information to various communities as part of its efforts to combat domestic violence, especially against women.
Source : Indonesian Embassy in Lima