MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Sexual violence cases are increasingly occurring in many aspects of life, both in public spaces and within families. People of all ages and genders are at risk of becoming victims of sexual violence.
The Online Information System for the Protection of Women and Children (Simfoni PPA) of the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (KemenPPPA) mentioned the highest number of sexual violence cases, reaching 11,016 cases in 2022.
To address the issues, Nasyiatul Aisyiyah (NA), the young women’s organization of Muhammadiyah, develops a collaborative system for preventing sexual violence. It will be tested and implemented in Muhammadiyah autonomous organizations and charitable institutions (AUM).
NA initiated a One-Stop Advocacy FGD (Focus Group Discussion) on Sunday (June 25) to establish an integrated one-stop advocacy service system with shared perceptions and multifaceted collaboration.
In that forum, NA involved several stakeholders, including the Muhammadiyah Council for Environmental Preservation, the Muhammadiyah Council for Elementary and Secondary Education, and Non-formal Education, the Muhammadiyah Council for Higher Education, Research, and Development, the Muhammadiyah Council for Public Health Development, Lazismu (the Muhammadiyah Institute for Zakat, Infaq, and Alms Management), the ‘Aisyiyah Council for Environmental Preservation, the ‘Aisyiyah Council for Elementary and Secondary Education, and Non-formal Education, the ‘Aisyiyah Council for Public Health Development, Pemuda Muhammadiyah, the Central Executive Board of Muhammadiyah Student Association (DPP IMM), and the Central Board of Muhammadiyah Student Association (PP IPM).
President of NA Ariati Dina Puspitasari mentioned the engagement may enhance the prevention of sexual violence on a larger scale and ensure everyone plays their respective roles.
NA also hoped the advocacy against cases of sexual violence could sustain to establish a system that guarantees safety within Muhammadiyah.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Social Advocacy Department of NA Monica said that the FGD aimed to integrate accessible and comfortable advocacy services for victims.
“In addition, we will establish a communication forum and develop SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to streamline the integrated advocacy service system in Muhammadiyah-‘Aisyiyah and other autonomous organizations,” said Monica.
The forum was created due to NA’s concern over the complex nature of advocating cases of sexual violence.
“The challenging circumstances require a service with clear coordination. Thus, we would like to involve a paralegal to develop the system,” said Dede Dwi K., a moderator of the FGD.