Thursday, 17 June 2021 | 05:26 WIB

Social Affairs Minister: Media Digitalization Can Help Reduce Social Gap

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini at SheHacks 2021 (kemsos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini says Indonesia's vast geographical condition, as well as its socio-cultural diversity, indirectly creates gaps. She believes that this gap can be addressed by the use of digital technology.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said the Ministry of Social Affairs also faced the problem of inequality in carrying out the task of serving People Needing Social Welfare Services (PPKS). These include people with disabilities who do have limitations, and Remote Indigenous Communities (KAT) who live in areas with limited basic access.

"For example, for a braille machine for people with visual impairments, I have transformed it to digital. Imagine if you still stick with printed books. Also for the deaf, sounds will be transformed into images. This material is very important for them, because the module contains guidance towards economic independence," Risma said.

The statement was made by the Minister of Social Affairs in her remarks at the launching of SheHacks 2021 at the Indosat Oredoo Head Office Building in Jakarta, on Wednesday (06/09/2021).

The Minister of Social Affairs recounted how difficult it was to communicate with officials in remote areas in eastern Indonesia. She said they had planned and prepared communication with them, but recently it had to be postponed several times. "Because they are still in the forest and it is difficult to get access to communication," Risma continued.

With technology too, Risma claimed to be able to monitor the running of the government in the city of Surabaya from abroad, when she was still Mayor of Surabaya.

"At that time I often traveled abroad, several times up to two weeks. However, the people of Surabaya did not feel that I was not there. It was because of technology," she said.

The Minister of Social Affairs believes that this gap can be overcome by using digital technology. Likewise in observing the role of women in Indonesia. The Minister of Social Affairs said that women, in this case housewives, were the ones who had to work hard.

By nature, women give birth and take care of babies, during the day there are those who become the backbones of their families. Many women help their families' economy.

"Now during the pandemic, in addition to carrying out the family's daily tasks, they also have to become teachers accompanying children who study online," she said.

This is definitely a clear testament to how digitizing technology can help minimize the complexity of the task. For example, mothers can do double duty by using zoom or technology.

Therefore, the Minister of Social Affairs supports and continues to encourage technological innovation by all elements, including what is currently being done by Indosat Oredoo.

"I would like to thank the SheHacks participants who can make that transformation especially for our brothers and sisters with disabilities," Risma added.