Gender Fairness in Palm Oil

Gender Fairness in Palm Oil

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – There are lots of stories in palm oil plantation development in Indonesia. The industries need many labors (workers) but still face the issues.

Data from Coordinator Ministry in Economy revealed that palm oil sector could hire direct workers about 4,2 million men and 12 million men indirect workers. The agricultural sector (the people’s plantations) could have about 2,6 million kinds of businesses  that hire about 4,3 million men.

In the economic level nationally, palm oil industries could give the biggest exchange to the country and they play roles to fulfill and realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to minimize the poverty, increase the people’s economy of 14 million smallholders and their family.

But the high employment in the palm oil plantation sector is still in debate, such as, the violation assumption of human rights by the child labor and gender.

In one side, palm oil plantation could be positive to provide employment but there would be assumption which needs field evidences. It is assumed that the workers are hired by violating the regulation.

It is also assumed that they work unfairly, they do not get their rights based on the regulation, and they are mostly female.

In the plantation female workers are involved in many cases (kinds of works) and they should be protected and should have the same rights with the male (fairness in gender).

The fairness of gender is not about the same treatment between the male and female. It is realized that the female and male are different naturally.

Titik Sumarti of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) told that the similarity is about their rights which should be given fairly according to the gender. If the female is as a driver in the plantation, for instance, she needs to get her needs, protection, and get shelter to stay apart from the male.

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