In commemoration to welcome International Women's Day, Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBWCE) held Fun run event on Saturday, March 4 entitled 'HeForShe Run'. This sports event is also supported by United Nations (UN) Women. In addition to welcome the International Women's Day, this fun run is held to support gender equality where women have the same position as men. Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment -IBCWE President Shinta Widjaja in a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday, (27/2) said that community participation is importatnt to support gender equality echoed by the UN Women through the HeForShe campaign.
*In principle, this is a fun run, a campaign to get together . Those who cannot run to 5K or 10K, do not worry you do not have to run, you can just walk. But the participation of parties is important. There are 5,000 participants who have been registered. Therefore, we can do the campaign together, and raise the issue of HeforShe," Sinta Witjaksono said. 
Shinta Widjaja moreover said that gender equality will be achieved, if women and men have the willingness and cooperation to realize the equality of the HeForShe Campaign, initiated by UN Women. HeforShe is a solidarity movement that invites men and boys as equal partners. They also become an agent of change to accelerate the achievement of gender equality// (Rezha)

Indonesian FM Arrived in Kabul

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Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday to meet an invitation to attend the Kabul Peace Process with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

She informed through twitter  on Tuesday "Back in Kabul for the third time in four months to attend Kabul Peace Process meeting" 

The visit of Marsudi and Kalla to Kabul was a form of the government`s support to the peace-building effort in Afghanistan.

"Building peace is inherent to Indonesian diplomacy, and after 40 years of conflict, Afghanistan needs all our support to bring peace back to their country," Marsudi stated.

The Indonesian vice president will attend the Kabul Peace Process Conference in the Afghan capital city of Kabul, in addition to a series of meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and High Peace Council Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili.

As the Afghan government prepares to host 25 countries, including the US, China, Germany, France, Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan for an international conference on peace to be held on Wednesday, the Taliban have expressed willingness to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict in the war-torn country (antara)




Missing Malaysian vessel found in Dumai

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Malaysian Tanker vessel named MT Pratama 128, that was previously reported missing, has been found in the Rupat Island waters, Dumai, Riau province, by the Indonesian Navy on Tuesday.  Malaysia`s Director General of Maritime Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abi Bakar told the local Daily Mail that during the initial investigation, he had gained information that the ship was hijacked by its own crew.

"We cooperated with the Indonesian Navy and discovered the ship. The Malaysian Maritime is currently in the negotiation process to bring the ship back," he said.  
He further stated that thus far in the investigation, he did not find any robbery or piracy elements in the incident.

"The vessel is being closely watched through radars and patrols, but we believe that the crew simply saw an opportunity when the patrol officers returned to the bay, and took it," he added.
The Malaysian Maritime, he continued, will continue cooperation with the Indonesian Navy to investigate the direction that the vessel is being taken.

Previously, Malaysia`s tanker vessel MT Pratama 128, that was being held under the Malaysian Maritime, was reportedly gone missing on Monday.
The vessel was taken into custody for violating the Merchant Shipping Ordinance of 1953. ( antara ) 


The Indonesian Navy expects to have 20 fast missile boats of 60 meters (KCR 60 metres) by 2024 to strengthen the national armaments system in accordance with the minimum essential force (MEF) target.

The Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Ade Supandi, stated here on Tuesday ( 27/ 2 ) that in order to achieve the target he has encouraged PT PAL  Indonesia to increase its human resources to support the target. PT PAL is an Indonesian state-owned enterprise that manufactures ships for military and civilian use and conducts repairs and maintenance on ships and its engineering.

Supandi asserted that the 60 M fast missile boats are needed as they have a combat strength that is in accordance with the Indonesian territory. The boats are able to quickly hit the enemy's defense and move freely. In order to meet the target, it is expected that at least three fast missile boats would be manufactured every year, but the target depends on the government policy.

Meanwhile, the Director of PT PAL Indonesia, Budiman Saleh, remarked that the company is ready to meet the Navy`s target under cooperation and continue to develop the latest military technology weaponry according to the needs of the Navy ( antara )