Indonesia is preparing for the implementation of a national action plan on women's and children's protection and empowerment in conflict-prone areas, an official said on Wednesday.
"In small and big-scale conflicts, women and children always suffer the most. That's why they need to be protected and empowered," Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry secretary Sri Danti Anwar said.
For this purpose, representatives of relevant governmental and non-governmental institutions had met to strengthen coordination in implementing the action plan, she said.
The action plan was mandated in Presidential Regulation No. 18/2014 on the protection and empowerment of women and children in social conflicts, she said.
The action plan's implementation will boost women's participation in halting, handling and recovering from the impacts of conflicts, and peace can be promoted, built and preserved within families and communities, Sri said as quoted by Antara news agency.