New York - The Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) screened "Kartini," a movie inspired by Indonesia's national heroine, at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. Kartini was screened during the side-lines of the 62nd Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), UN's largest gathering on gender equality and women's rights held from March 12, 2018.
"The film Kartini was screened at the UN to demonstrate to various countries the struggles and advancements of Indonesian women to promote the emancipation and empowerment of womankind," Indonesian Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Triansyah Djani noted in a press release on Tuesday.
Kartini is a 2017 Indonesian biographical drama film directed by Hanung Bramantyo and written by Bramantyo and Bagus Bramanti. It features an ensemble cast, with Dian Sastrowardoyo starring in the lead role of Kartini, the heroine symbolizing the emancipation of Indonesian woman.
Kartini's director Hanung Bramantyo also attended the movie screening at the UN Headquarters and held a discussion with the delegations of participating countries at the CSW.
"I am glad to witness the warm welcome given by the CSW delegation to the Kartini movie, and I hope this would serve as an inspiration to promote women's struggles around the world for realizing gender equality," Bramantyo emphasized.
The movie screening was initiated by the Indonesian Permanent Mission to the UN to convey several national achievements in overcoming the challenges faced by women through strengthening the legal framework; access to economy, education, and health; as well as the use of information technology.
It also served as Indonesia's campaign for its candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 period. "Indonesian women have been actively participating in fostering the culture of peace across the globe, especially through UN peacekeeping missions," Ambassador Djani pointed out.
CSW is the UN's largest gathering on gender equality and women's rights held every March and is the single largest forum for UN member states, civil society organizations, and other international players to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue.
As many as 87 ministers and high-level officials from 163 countries attended the 62nd session of CSW this year.