Rumah KitaB organizes meetings with partners engaged in the prevention of child marriages including inviting partners in pesantren and holding discussions in pesantren as well.


Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released

A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations.

The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, schools and sports clubs.

Since 2013, it has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities.

The final report, released on Friday, added 189 recommendations to 220 that had already been made public.

“Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions. We will never know the true number,” the report said.

“It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples’. Society’s major institutions have seriously failed.”

Religious ministers and school teachers were the most commonly reported perpetrators, the report said.

The scope of the inquiry

2559 allegations referred to police since the inquiry began in 2013

  • 230 prosecutions have commenced
  • 41,770 calls received from members of the public
  • 60,000 survivors may be eligible for compensation, estimates say

The recommendations include:

  • A nationally implemented strategy to prevent child sex abuse
  • A system of preventative training for children in schools and early childhood centres
  • A national office for child safety, overseen by a government minister
  • Making it mandatory for more occupations, such as religious ministers, early childhood workers and registered psychologists, to report abuse.

The greatest number of alleged perpetrators and abused children were in Catholic institutions, the report said.

The commission had previously recommended that Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they fail to report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession.

Letters from survivors

The royal commission held more than 8,000 private sessions with victims and gathered about 1,300 written accounts.

After revealing their experiences, survivors were invited to write about the process of coming forward.

They have now been compiled in a book – “Message to Australia” – which was described by one lawyer as “too heavy to lift”.

The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, had been contacted by more than 15,000 people, including relatives and friends of abuse victims.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the commission had exposed “a national tragedy”.

“It is an outstanding exercise in love, and I thank the commissioners and those who have the courage to tell their stories – thank you very much,” he said on Friday.


Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Visits Indonesia

Media Release

30 October 2017

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone has begun her first visit to Indonesia since taking up the post earlier this year.

In Jakarta Dr Stone will meet Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Professor Yohana Yembise, members of parliament, prominent Indonesian women business leaders, community groups and Australian alumni.

The discussions are expected to focus on health issues, support for migrant workers and empowering women in small business. During her time in Jakarta she will also visit a women’s cooperative in Tangerang which is supported by Australia through the Peduli program. The cooperative enables women to become involved in local government decision-making and assists them set up small businesses.

Dr Stone will also join ASEAN Ambassadors to discuss the role of women in enhancing regional security and prosperity.

On 1 November Dr Stone will travel to Makassar, South Sulawesi to meet with Islamic women leaders and regional government representatives.

In South Sulawesi Dr Stone will visit communities campaigning to end early and forced marriages for young girls through the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice’s programs. She will also meet women’s groups and local government partners working to promote women’s health services and legal recognition through identity documents – programs delivered through Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction (MAMPU) and Governance for Growth (KOMPAK).

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, said this week’s visit would be a valuable opportunity to discuss how Australia and Indonesia can continue to work together to help women and their families access key services and participate in the economy.

Australia works closely with the Government of Indonesia to promote women in leadership, women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women.  Gender equality is central to economic and human development and a fundamental right. It helps to address the root causes of instability and conflict, drives economic growth, reduces poverty and builds resilience.