UN Women hails Gojek’s efforts to keep women safe

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta Coinciding with the 16-day campaign against violence against women, UN Women’s Representative for ASEAN, Jamshed Kazi, hailed the proactive measures taken by Indonesian online carpooling giant Gojek to maintain security women in public spaces, declaring that everyone has the right to feel safe.

“Zero tolerance towards harassment is a value that must be upheld by all industry sectors,” Jamshed Kazi wrote in a press release acknowledging Gojek’s efforts to prevent sexual violence against women.

UN Women expressed their gratitude to Gojek during the UN Women After Dark report launch event held on Tuesday, December 11 at M Bloc Space, South Jakarta.

Gojek’s senior business manager, Alvita Chen, said the initiative was due to their intention to keep women safe in public spaces, and also because everyone has the right to feel safe.

Continuing its #UninstallKhawatir (Uninstall Anxiety) campaign, Gojek has launched several security devices since the beginning of 2019. Like the “emergency button” which allows to send a special unit to the greater Jakarta area; “share the trip” function that allows passengers to inform their relatives to follow their trip.

Alvita added that Gojek bases its security solutions on three foundations which are prevention, protection and manipulation.

Pulse Lab Jakarta, an innovation data lab, has partnered with the United Nations agency, UN Women Indonesia and the Indonesian government to achieve “Nightfall ” research, which found that one in three Indonesian women have experienced violence in their lifetime, according to a national survey survey sponsored by the Ministry for the Advancement of Women and Child Protection and conducted by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

These acts of violence reportedly occurred primarily in urban neighborhoods, on the streets, on public transport and in other public spaces.


Mara R. Wilmoth