Only a Few Cities/Regencies in Indonesia Implement Family Friendly Development, Prof Euis Initiates Family Friendly Villages

Professor of IPB University from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (IKK) Faculty of Human Ecology (Fema), Prof Euis Sunarti stressed the importance of developing urban and district areas to pay attention and take into account family-friendliness. Currently, only a handful of cities/regencies in Indonesia implement family-friendly development in local regulations (perda).


She revealed that until now there are only around 25-30 regencies/cities and provinces that have family development (resilience) regulations, which are the basis for implementation of more explicit family development policies. Therefore, Prof Euis is currently initiating a research project called Family Friendly Village.


“Family Friendly Villages will create a conducive and mutually supportive environment. Everyone interacts positively, resulting in positive feedback, feeling one big family and caring for each other. That is the arrangement in overseeing all aspects of family life so that order and civil society are built as well as an advanced and civilized nation," she said.


A research trip related to family-friendly development by Prof Euis was not done instantly. She has been doing this since 1997. "So, as people who work on family issues, we feel there is a social responsibility to contribute based on the research that has been made," she added.


According to her, development that does not pay attention (not friendly) to the family will result in many family functions not working. “The function of the family is not only economic, but there are functions of education, love, religion, protection, environment, and others. "The dysfunction of the family causes various family problems to arise, even showing an increase in acts of violence, divorce, drug consumption to crime," she said.


She conveyed that central to regional government policies must prioritize their impact on families. Regional development must prosper the families living in the region. The development of family-friendly areas allows families to be close to their sources of income so that they can allocate time resources to carry out various other family functions and tasks, so that the adverse effects of dysfunctional family functions can be avoided.


"The government's strategic plans often do not support regional development and family-friendly jobs, resulting in an imbalance in family functioning due to inadequate infrastructure. For example, the ineffectiveness of working time due to transportation problems and traffic jams, indirectly impacting the function of caring for children, the function of love, the function of education and the function of protection becomes neglected," she said.


Prof Euis also explained about family-friendly areas and family-friendly jobs. According to her, family-friendly areas are development efforts carried out by various parties in various fields or sectors. Since the establishment of policies and programs, planning and implementation have taken the family into account.


In addition, its development also makes an area have the capacity of natural carrying capacity and supporting environmental capacity as well as infrastructure facilities that enable families to obtain livelihoods for prosperity and increase family resilience.


"Meanwhile, what is meant by family-friendly work is the activity of earning a living as a family economic function, which still allows the family to continue to fulfill other family functions," said Prof Euis.


In an effort to continue educating the public about the importance of family-friendly development, on 18 December 2022 in order to welcome Mother's Day as well as the second anniversary of the Indonesian Family Resilience National Coalition (KN-KKI) which she leads will hold a Family Friendly Village National Seminar which is planned to present the Coordinating Minister Field of Human Development and Culture. (dh/Rz)

Published Date : 06-Dec-2022

Resource Person : Prof Euis Sunarti

Keyword : Family Friendly Village, Prof Euis Sunarti, Family Friendly Development