Country Statistics 2014

GII Ranked
HDI Ranked
Female Population
Male Population
Women 34.5%
Men 35.5%

Percentage of all women working in agriculture against men

Women 16%
Men 25.1%

Percentage of all women working in the industry against men

Women 49.5%
Men 25.1%

Percentage of all women working as service employees

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, is the fourth most populous nation in the world, and has the largest Muslim-majority population. The country has had a tumultuous history, characterized by colonization, military rule, dictatorship, and civilian strife.

Key Achievements

  • Indonesia repealed the regulation on medicalization of female circumcision on the 6th February 2014 which took long process of advocacy since 2012, where UN Women supported women’s NGOs and a series of meetings and consultation with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MOWECP). The process brought various experts from prominent Muslim scholars, women’s lawyers, pediatrician, and obstetric gynecology who advocate ensuring the government withdraws the regulation through their own particular background.
  • National Mid Term Development Plan (RPJMN) of Government of Indonesia integrated gender mainstreaming into development planning which will be used as a policy guidance to all ministries. UN Women provided support to develop a background study on the National Mid Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2014-2019.
  • Modules and Curriculum of CEDAW capacity building is used by NGOs and shared into sub national level for related CEDAW training.


Date of Accession/ Ratification: 29 July 1980 (signed); 13 Sept 1984 (ratified)
Reservations: Article 29, paragraph 1
Optional Protocol: Signed 28 Feb 2000; not yet ratified
Reporting Status:
Shadow reports
Independent Report of Non-Government Organisations Concerning the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Indonesia, submitted by CEDAW Working Group Initiative (CWGI)
Concluding Observations
Concluding observations from 39th session
General recommendations Presented at the seventh session, 1988:

Follow-up reports
Coordinating Agency for CEDAW implementation:
Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection;
CEDAW Working Group Indonesia  (CWGI)

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