Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Gender And Diplomacy: Practice and Challenge in Indonesia In the Covid-19 Pandemic Era

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315590,
        author={Machya Astuti Dewi and Iva  Rachmawati},
        title={Gender And Diplomacy:  Practice and Challenge in Indonesia In the Covid-19 Pandemic Era},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICON-DEMOST},
        year={2022},
        month={2},
        keywords={gender; diplomacy; covid-19 pandemic},
        doi={10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315590}
    }
    
  • Machya Astuti Dewi
    Iva Rachmawati
    Year: 2022
    Gender And Diplomacy: Practice and Challenge in Indonesia In the Covid-19 Pandemic Era
    ICON-DEMOST
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315590
Machya Astuti Dewi1,*, Iva Rachmawati1
  • 1: Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Science Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Yogyakarta
*Contact email: machya@upnyk.ac.id

Abstract

Do women make a difference in diplomacy? The question is interesting but neglected in the practice of diplomacy. In handling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic Indonesia: Her Excellency Retno Marsudi, proved to be excellent with her initiative and intense eagerness to negotiate vaccine needs for Indonesia. As a female Minister, an excellent reputation has been achieved in handling COVID-19 that represents the women's and their family's basic needs through health diplomacy or vaccine diplomacy using bilateral and multilateral negotiation with China, Japan, United States, Netherland, and WHO, and COVAX facility. Another crucial issue during the pandemic is the protection of Indonesian citizens abroad. Here the role of female Indonesian diplomats is increasingly needed. Using the characteristics embedded in women: gentle, sensitive, and motherly, the female Indonesian diplomats handle cases during the pandemic. While there is an increasing number of female diplomats in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two questions still arise: Do the female diplomats represent women's interests, and will their presence decrease the misunderstanding of what gender mainstreaming is.