Champion of women’s voices for peace-building
Suprayoga HADI has been working steadily to advance the inclusion of women in peace and security issues in Indonesia for over a decade.
Pak Yoga, as he is affectionately known, is the Deputy Minister for the Development of Special Regions, and National Project Director for Peace through Development in Disadvantaged Areas, Indonesia. He
believes strongly that the inclusion of women in peace processes is vitally important to their success. He also believes women should have a strong role in the planning and implementation of security issues.
During Pak Yoga’s decade of tenure at the Ministry for National Development Planning, these beliefs have shone through in his work. He played a leading role in establishing the Women and Peace Champion Forum in conflict affected regions – including Maluku, North Maluku and Central Sulawesi – which aims to address domestic violence and issues women face in post-conflict areas, develop women’s capacities and promote women’s political participation.
Pak Yoga also helped create and advocate for the following gender-sensitive conflict-related mechanisms: Conflict Sensitive Planning Guideline, which involves women in decision-making processes; Conflict Early Warning Early Response System Guideline, which ensures the inclusion of women representatives; and the drafting of the Conflict Prevention Framework, to also promote women’s role in conflict prevention initiatives.
Previously he worked on the reintegration and recovery assistance program to reduce the vulnerability of victims of conflict in Aceh, directing focus to women and marginalized groups. Just last year he was instrumental in getting the Law No. 7 Year 2012 on Social Conflict Management enacted, which aims to promote gender mainstreaming and also addresses women’s specific needs during conflicts.