On Monday 13 November 2017, the Indonesian Disability Women Association (HWDI) DIY with Research Center for Politics and Government (PolGov), DPP Fisipol held expose “Profile & Mapping of Disability Women’s Needs of Sleman Regency in 2017”. The event was held at the Auditorium of Mandiri Fisipol UGM Library and attended by several staff of the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Sleman District Officials, community of disables and students.
Nuning Suryatiningsih, representative of HWDI DIY, stated that the profile and mapping was arranged as an effort to build a database of women with disabilities in Sleman District. “The formulation of profiles and mapping of the needs of women with disabilities is an effort to protect the rights of women with disabilities, to enable them to participate actively in development. Not only just an object but also the subject of development, “explained Nuning. She further mentioned that one of the achievements that has been achieved today is the identification of the needs, obstacles and problems experienced by women with disabilities in Sleman.
Profile data and maps of the needs of women with disabilities in Sleman District are quite varied, starting from data on the number of disabled groups, difabel group per classification, until data of cases of sexual violence experienced by women with disabilities.
“This manuscript is a data-rich manuscript,” explained Longgina Novadona Bayo, a lecturer at DPP Fisipol during a discussion session. Nevertheless she highlighted some important things that need to be addressed, especially the approach to seeing the disabled in the real reality. Ulya Niami Efrina Jamson who is also a DPP lecturer agrees with Longgina’s opinion. This woman who is familiarly called Pipin offers a socio-ecological model as an analytical framework. She also complimented a strong participatory aspect during the process of drafting the manuscript. Nevertheless, he gave some critical notes to this report, such as the importance of qualitative data enrichment in meeting the data needs in several chapters.
Puji, as representatives of the Office of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Population and Family Planning (P3AP2KB) of Sleman District mentioned that the profile and mapping of the needs of women with disabilities was initially the result of the proposal of the P3AP2KB Sleman Office, which was then facilitated by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Protection Child. In the process of drafting, the office took HWDI.
“Many contributed to the creation of this profile. Among them are Department of Population and Civil Registration, Health Office, Education Office, Social Service, Bappeda, and Central Statistics Agency of Sleman Regency, “explained Ratna Dewi Setianingsih, Chairman of HWDI DIY. Ratna is also grateful for the great contribution of PolGov as a review team.
Meanwhile, Nyimas Aliah as Deputy Assistant for the Protection of Women’s Rights in Emergency Situations and Special Conditions of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection states: “We hope that this data can be used as a reference for advocacy for [disabled women] programs in each sector”.
For PolGov DPP and the wider academic community, this activity is a vehicle for understanding and continuously discussing the rights of marginalized groups in Indonesia. At the same time, this activity is expected to enrich the perspectives and variety of data in understanding the problem of disability groups in Sleman District. (Krisanti)