The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia has launched this year’s annual journalistic writing competition EU4Wartawan themed “The impact of COVID-19 on the role and rights of Women in Indonesia”. The competition – launched on 27 October and will conclude on 25 November 2020 – is held in collaboration with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Indonesian Women Coalition (KPI). The competition is open to all journalists from official print and online media across Indonesia.

EU Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E Mr. Vincent Piket said, “During the coronavirus pandemic, women have been at the frontline in various aspects of life and are disproportionately affected by the crisis. EU4Wartawan is an opportunity for Indonesian journalists to explore how COVID-19 has affected the lives of women and girls; to bring the issue into the limelight and in turn encourage to rebuild more equal, inclusive and resilient societies.”

Around the world, women play important roles as caregivers for children, and managing households. Beyond that, women who work from home have to balance their time and attention between professional life and domestic affairs. Informal job status has increased their vulnerability of being discharged from their jobs during this crisis. The numbers of women facing abuse and harassment in their household have increased, which adds to the concerns about the role and rights of women today. At the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are the healthcare workers – and most of them are women. They are working around the clock, under very stressful conditions, potentially putting themselves and their families at risk to care for patients. Yet, working with potentially highly infectious patients led to considerable stigmatization and discrimination.

Through EU4Wartawan, the Indonesian journalists are expected to highlight the facts and create awareness about the importance of taking meaningful actions to fight discriminations, encourage the fulfillment of women’s rights and protect them from various forms of violence.

Winners of the competition will be announced on 10 December 2020, coinciding with Human Rights Day. Five winners with the best articles are entitled to participate in an international journalistic training in 2021.

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