MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – ‘Aisyiyah, a women’s Islamic progressive movement, takes roles in many realms, such as education and health, to cope with issues due to Indonesia’s demographic dividend.
President of ‘Aisyiyah Salmah Orbayinah mentioned that the circumstance would positively and negatively impact this country.
The demographic bonus will lead to improving people’s socio-economy and welfare. On the other hand, it may also render some issues such as increasing unemployment, crime, poverty, social vulnerability, malnutrition, and stunting.
“Therefore, to address the demographic dividend, the government and all elements should implement demographic mitigation strategies through conducting diverse programs that encourage active and productive engagement of senior citizens in social, religious, cultural, and economic activities,” said Salmah in the national meeting of the ‘Aisyiyah Council for Health, the Aisyiyah Councill for Higher Education, and the ‘Aisyiyah Institute for Research and Development at Universitas ‘Aisyiyah Yogyakarta on Friday (August 4).
Furthermore, ‘Aisyiyah provides concrete solutions to address the demographic boom. This movement offers services for pregnant and nursing mothers to prevent stunting and is also involved in addressing issues related to violence and the environment.
“‘Aisyiyah also concerns with issues which threaten the growth and development of children since they are the golden generation and will significantly contribute to the advancement of this nation and this country,” said Salmah.
According to the National Research and Innovation Agency, Salmah stressed the significance of children’s health in their early years, as it affects their physical and mental well-being in adulthood. Thus, children’s health in their formative years must not be overlooked.
“Focusing on children’s growth and development is essential for achieving culturally developed human development in the future,” said Salmah.
Moreover, ‘Aisyiyah is also profoundly concerned about maternal health, recognizing its significant impact on improving children’s well-being and reducing maternal and child mortality rates during childbirth.