Another webinar held jointly by the ILO and GNIK related to the human resources development.
Over the past decades, Indonesia has progressed
towards gender equality. In fact, gender gaps in the access to
education narrowed and more women benefit from university education than
men do. Indonesia has also strengthened the regulatory framework on
gender equality and ratified the Discrimination (Employment and
Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111). However, the gender parity in
education and strengthened anti-discrimination regulations have not yet
resulted in gender equality and inclusiveness in the labour market. In
fact, gender pay gaps and a thick glass ceiling persist. Further,
disadvantaged groups of people continue to face difficulties in finding
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively
affected the Indonesian economy, labour market and livelihood of people.
Unfortunately, some of the past gains in socio-economic improvement
have been compromised due to the pandemic. Indeed, inequalities,
discrimination and exclusion in the labour market appear to have
worsened. While the government swiftly responded to the pandemic and
mitigated the impact on enterprises, workers, and deprived households,
consequences of the economic downturn are felt disproportionally by
disadvantaged groups including women, youth, people with disabilities,
people living with HIV, and refugees as they have limited means of
coping with difficulties.
Human resource management practices
play a particularly important role in making the Indonesian labour
market gender equal and inclusive. In fact, decisions and actions of HR
professionals could open doors for disadvantaged groups of people to
employment and allow them to utilize their skills fully. Building a
gender equal and inclusive workplaces free from discrimination starts
with awareness of HR professionals.
Against this backdrop, the
United Nations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower,
Association of Indonesian Employers (APINDO), Indonesia Business
Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE), the National Movement for
Competent Indonesia (Gerakan Nasional Indonesia Kompeten, GNIK) and
other like-minded organisations, launches a webinar programme to share
good human resource management practices that promote gender equality
and inclusiveness at workplaces. Principle target audience of this
programme is human resource directors, managers and practitioners.
The interactive quiz (e.g. 2 multiple choice questions) at the end of
the webinar session uses online an application such as Slido. It helps
recap key points of discussions. It also gauges understanding of the
audience on the webinar topic. The project monitors the quiz results,
percentages of people with correct answer, as an indicator of success of
this webinar series.
This initiative is implemented by a UN
project “Employment and Livelihood: An Inclusive Approach to Economic
Empowerment of Women & Vulnerable Populations in Indonesia”. The
project is funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Funds (UN MPTF). Four UN
agencies, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Development
Programme (UNDP), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS),
and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) implement the project.