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    Bloomberg Called Social Affairs Ministry is Influential Woman

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    BANDUNG-The mass media from the United States Bloomberg called the Minister of Social Affairs (Mensos), Khofifah Indar Parawansa as one of the influential figures in Jokowi - JK Government. Khofifah is also regarded as a symbol of women's success in the national political scene. The compliment was presented by Bloomberg in an article released last July entitled "World's Biggest Muslim Country Puts More Women Into Senior Roles".

    Khofifah who now serves as Minister of Social Affairs is considered to play an important role in efforts to alleviate poverty and increase social welfare in Indonesia.

    "Parawansa, is one example of the women minister in the largest Muslim country in the world. This is an example of a country's success in breaking gender and religious stereotypes, "said an article written by reporter Rieka Rahadiana, Molly Dai and Karl Lester M Yap.

    Bloomberg also tells a little of Khofifah's journey that is considered quite risky. When Suharto was in power, the 32-year-old Khofifah read a highly controversial speech before parliament that shocked many.

    Khofifah made a keen sense of the New Order government and his views on democratization before the hearing. Khofifah's courage made his career in politics increasingly rising. 

    "The speech is quite controversial so that her husband is concerned about his safety," wrote Bloomberg.

    According Khofifah in his official statement received in Bandung, Sunday (13/08/2017). That opportunity for women in all areas or lines of life should not be awaited but pursued. Given current Women and Men now have relatively equal ability and opportunity.

    Besides Khofifah, other women who occupy strategic positions in Jokowi-JK government are Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Minister of Marine and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti.

    Bloomberg released data from the Inter-Parliamantary Union, which Indonesia is the highest country ratio of women who served as ministers from 10 countries that have a large population. Indonesia scored a 26 percent ratio, beating India (18 percent) and Japan (16 percent) and the world's largest population country, China (8 percent).

    The facts have not been combined with the number of women in the Indonesian parliament which accounted for nearly a fifth of the seats, up eight percent compared to 2003. (MAT)

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