On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2020, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, the Independent Journalists Alliance (Aliansi Jurnalis Independen/AJI) and Indonesian Women Coalition (Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia/KPI) announced today the six winners of the #EU4Wartawan Journalists Writing Competition, comprising five best articles and one favorite article. The theme of this year’s competition was “The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Role and Rights of Indonesian Women”.

The five best articles are:

  1. Bagaimana Kesetaraan Gender di Ujung Tanduk Saat Pandemi Menerjang”
    How Gender Equality is at a Tipping Point when Pandemic Strike
    Published on 24 November 2020 by Made Anthony Iswara, from Tirto.id
  1. “Kisah Para Srikandi di Kampung Gilingan yang Menolak Menyerah di Tengah Pandemi”
    A Story of Women Warriors from Gilingan Village, Refusing to Give Up Amid the Pandemi
    Published on 25 November 2020 by Khairina, from Kompas.com
  1. Muti Bahri, Menggalang Donasi Pada Masa Pandemi”
    Muti Bahri, Raising Donation in Time of Pandemic
    Published on 14 August 2020 by Didit Hariyadi, from Koran Tempo
  1. Buruh Gendong, Potret Perempuan Tangguh di Tengah Bahaya Pandemi Covid-19”
    Load Carrying Labourer, A Portrait of a Tough Woman amid the Covid-19 Pandemi
    Published on 30 September 2020 by Sutriati, from Kabarkota.com
  1. Para Perempuan Tangguh di Medan Perang Covid-19,
    Redam Rasa Takut Demi Hak Kemanusiaan”
    Tough Women in the Covid-19 Battle Field, Curbing Fear for the sake of Human Rights
    Published on 25 November 2020 by Muhamad Amin, from Riaupos.co

The favorite article is:

KDRT Naik Saat Corona, Jadi Alarm Perlunya Kebijakan Berbasis Gender”

Increase of Domestic Violence during Coronavirus Pandemic,

An Alert for the need of a Gender-Based Policy

Published on 15 April 2020 by Irwan Syambudi, from Tirto.id

Articles were evaluated by the jury panel based on relevance to the competition theme, originality, the quality and the depth of information being presented, message clarity and presentation. The articles were written in feature style, and promoted the universal values of human rights such as: non-discrimination, gender equality, tolerance and pluralism, and contained a solid message to encourage the full enjoyment of human rights for all.

This year’s #EU4Wartawan competition is the 2nd edition and as many as 75 Indonesian journalists from 58 print and online media participated with 122 entries. This year’s competition not only generated articles from Jakarta-based journalists, but also from Solo, Palu, Medan, Kupang, Bandung, Bali, Palembang, Ambon, Riau and other parts of Indonesia.

“The media plays a key role in encouraging our societies and governments to question their stance, to improve policies and take actions to fight against discrimination, as well as to ensure that human rights are reinforced without exceptions. In short, media keep us on our toes,” said EU Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Vincent Piket. “I hope this award will contribute to strengthen the quality of journalism, thereby helps to uphold freedom of expression, pluralism and democracy,” Ambassador Piket added.

AJI Chairman, Abdul Manan said, “Media becomes the public’s eyes, ears and voice. By writing the challenges faced by women in media articles, decision makers are expected to be more aware, pay more attention, take a more careful consideration and take real actions to protect women’s rights, especially during this pandemic.”

Articles written by journalists should also inspire and encourage Indonesian women to voice out their rights. “Gender disparities and violence against women are critical issues to fight against, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives. The message conveyed by journalists through their writings becomes an encouragement for us to build a more equal, inclusive and resilient society,” said Mike Verawati Tangka, Secretary General of KPI.

The winners of the #EU4Wartawan Award 2020 are entitled to benefit from a 3-day Multimedia Journalism online course by Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie in February 2021, and gadget prize to support their work.

During the competition period, #EU4Wartawan conducted a couple of sessions which presented an overview on situations dealt by women in Indonesia, the EU and around the world during pandemic; and on how journalists could highlight these issues. These webinars were participated by hundreds of journalist from across the country.

For more info: https://eu4wartawan.id

Contact: delegation-indonesia-info@eeas.europa.eu