Indonesia's representatives in ACWC to be appointed soon
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will soon appoint Indonesia`s representatives in the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) through a process to select the best candidates, a spokesperson said.
Each ASEAN member country will be represented by two persons in the commission, Sri Danti Anwar, deputy for gender affairs to the Wemen`s Empowerment Minister, said here Monday. "A meeting (to select candidates for the positions) will be held on February 22-23," she said, adding the selection process would be conducted openly and transparently by a small committee consisting of relevant agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Law and Human Rights.
The meeting would also be participated in by the state ministry for women`s empowerment and children protection, Coordinating Ministry for People`s Welfare, Manpower and Transmigration Affairs Ministry, Social affairs Ministry and National Commission for Women Affairs and Commission for Indonesian Children Protection.
The government had opened registration for the post since the beginning of February for the selection of two Indonesian representatives in the ACWC, because each ASEAN member country was required to appoint two representatives, one of whom must have expertise in the field of women and the other one in the field of children.
The candidates for Indonesian representatives in the ACWC should meet certain criteria, namely be an Indonesian citizen, come from a government agency or non-governmental organization, be proficient in the English language, have deep understanding of the issues of women and children at national and international levels, as well as knowledge about ASEAN cooperation.
The candidates also must have moral integrity, be independent and have access to wide networks at national and international level, she said, adding registration of applicants would be closed on February 19.
ASEAN groups Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
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