Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s track record of considering gender representation in ministerial appointments is lauded in global circles. In the period of his term on 2014-2019, strong female ministers lead influential portfolios in finance, state-owned enterprises, maritime and fisheries, forestry and environment, foreign affairs and health. Furthermore, to aid gender equality, a quota system requiring political parties to be made up of 30 per cent women has been put in place. Indonesia has a strong policy framework for gender equality and disabilities inclusion. Despite a high-level policy commitment, a number of laws serve to discriminate and reinforce traditional gender roles and relations.
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