PFMA Promotes Gender Equity and Non-Discrimination in the Palm Oil Industries

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PFMA) emphasized the importance of implementing gender equity and non-discrimination practices nationwide within the palm oil industry. Photo by: Antara

PALMOILMAGAZINE, MEDAN –  The Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) emphasized the importance of implementing gender equity and non-discrimination practices nationwide within the palm oil industry, aiming to provide equal opportunities for both men and women to advance the sector.

Kabul Wijayanto, Director of Fund Management and Planning at PFMA, expressed his hope for increased female representation as decision-makers within palm oil companies.

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“We hope to see more women taking on leadership roles in palm oil companies,” he stated during a seminar themed “Protecting Women Workers in Oil Palm Plantations towards Gender Mainstreaming” held in Medan, North Sumatra Province on Thursday, July 4, 2024.

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In his role as Director in charge of Partnerships at PFMA, Kabul underscored the agency’s commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for both genders to contribute effectively to the industry. He emphasized that safeguarding workers’ rights also involves protecting women’s rights and creating a safe working environment for all.

He said it would be significant to always notice the female’s interests in these industries, namely in work hours, maternal rights, for instance, day-off when having period, delivering child, and work health and safety. “And the female would play their roles, actively participate to develop their ability, capability, and would take advantages on the available potential in their regions heading to realize independent finance,” Kabul said, as quoted from Antara, Saturday (5/7/2024).

PFMA is always in cooperation with the principles of anti-discrimination ad would guarantee gender equity. The public service obligation that is in charge to Minister of Finance through General Directorate of Treasury Ministry of Finance, would deliver fair and honest action for every employee to be able to maximally develop their potential, abilities, experiences, and skills.

Meanwhile, Head of General Directorate of Treasury North Sumatera Province, Syaiful emphasized gender equity in palm oil industries would not be only about the numbers only.

“This would be more than equal numbers. This is about creating supporting environment to fully develop every potential from every individual, without no one left behind,” Syaiful said.

He also mentioned every worker in palm oil industries should be selected and chosen based on someone’s capability, competence, and talents. “Gender mainstream would not be only about moral obligation but also the important things to develop. Watch the contribution, not the gender,” Syaiful said. (T2)

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