Sweden agreed to increase cooperation with Indonesia to combat violence against children, Pernilla Baralt, Swedish State Secretary to the Ministry of Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality. She said, both countries have decided to have a deep dialogue, and continue to meet again. Both Indonesia and Sweden are pathfinding countries in the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children.
In a separate joint statement, the Swedish government and Indonesia’s Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection said they were committed to push for stronger efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the 2030 Agenda.
According to the statement, the state visit from the Swedish royal couple has helped promote dialogue between Indonesia and Sweden on how to effectively tackle violence against children. Delegations from the two countries will continue their dialogue on the sidelines of a forum at the United Nations in New York on July 19.
Sweden has also invited Indonesia to a meeting in Stockholm next February, where participating governments will discuss solutions to combat violence against children.
Baralt said, noting the importance of having children as part of the dialogues, that they will continue to learn from each other and to exchange good examples on how to improve legislation, training, education and everything else that needs to be done, such as social protection, to improve the situation for children.
Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yembise said there is a strong link between violence against women and children. The ministry’s strategy is to address both through a holistic approach.
The Indonesian government has developed a national strategy on the elimination of violence against children for the 2016-2020 period. The strategy involves partnerships across governments, civil society, children and adolescents to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children.
Baralt said that both Indonesia and Sweden have a duty to become better in educating children about their rights, which she noted as a common challenge shared between the two countries. In order to address such challenges, Baralt said that a simple mobile app might do the trick. The younger generation is very savvy when it comes to technology and while smartphones pose certain dangers for children, such as child abuse on the internet.