Three Ministries Joint Forces to Protect Female Workers Rights

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Minister of Health, Nina Moeloek. Photo: greeners.co/Dewi Purningsih

Jakarta (Greeners) – Ministry of Health launches Productive Health Female Workers Movement with three other ministries, — Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Labor, and Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection– to protect working female to nurture their children and provide income in the family.

Minister of Health, Nina Moeloek said that the program was a joint effort of government, public and entrepreneurs to increase awareness and roles to improve female workers’ productivity.

“The aim of the program is to increase health and nutrition state of female workers to achieve maximum productivity as their safety is the main target. They need to be ready to be pregnant, look after their children’s health. In addition, they also need to know how to educate and protect their children in the first 1000 days,” said Minister Moeloek in Jakarta on Wednesday.

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Director of Work Health and Sports, Ministry of Health, Kartini Rustandi, said that there should be a cooperation between Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Home Affairs to instruct all regional administrations to implement the program.

Furthermore, cooperation with Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Children Protection was important to fulfill the needs such as clinic, breastfeeding corner and breastfeeding room in the companies.

“With all four ministers, we’re also speeding up the Worker Health Effort Post for informal workers, such as in Yogya. If formal companies implement the program properly then they will receive awards from Ministry of Health which will be given annually,” said Rustandi.

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Meanwhile, a senior official of Ministry of Labor, Sumanti said that the ministry supported the program initiated by Ministry of Health to reduce safety and health risks for female workers. Sumanti said that protections towards female workers have not been maximized. Hence, the program is expected to ensure rights of female workers can be fulfilled and obtained high loyalty for companies.

Based on 2003 Law on Labor, rights of female workers including menstrual leave on the first and second day. In addition, female workers have the rights for leave before and after giving birth.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih

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