Maternal Mortality and Divorce of Migrant Workers is Very Concerning

IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Indonesian mothers who are expected to become educators of the nation’s children, still face a big problem. Indonesia’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) is still high compared to ASEAN countries. While mothers who become migrant workers, face the threat of increasing divorce rates every year continues to grow.

This was revealed by Member of the House of Representatives Commission IX, Kurniasih Mufidayati in his press release, Sunday, December 22, 2019, and expressed his concern because the maternal mortality rate during childbirth in Indonesia was number 2 highest in ASEAN.

“We are still concerned, at the ASEAN level alone the average AKI 197 per 100,000 births. While in Indonesia 305 per 100,000 live births are no better than the Philippines. It even ranks second with the highest AKI, “said Mufida.
According to him, early awareness needs to be done thoroughly. For understanding, continued Mufida, in cities it might be good enough.

“But in the villages it is still quite alarming. There are many variations in the cause of maternal death, due to hypertension, poor birth planning, such as at vulnerable ages or at too early ages and others, “he explained.

Meanwhile, mothers who become migrant workers also face threats that are not less severe. Mufida explained, based on documents from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) of Hong Kong submitted at the Seminar on the Research Results of Indonesian Citizens’ Marriage Data Collection Abroad, filing for divorce in 2014 recorded 2971 cases. It increased to 3,280 cases in 2015. It increased again in 2016 to 3579 cases.

“Every year, there are an increase of 300 of divorce cases to women migrant workers. In 2019 there are estimated to be around 4,600 cases, “said Mufida.
In addition, many Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) women are burdened with many family problems before deciding to become PMI. Many PMI women are not ready in skills that are the demands of work and also in terms of language.

“While their confidence is also low, so they tend to lack confidence if someone is intimidating and does not want to bother extending legal matters or reporting to the local police, even in the right position,” said Mufida.

The problem is getting worse because many of the PMI women are present in the placement country with a million homesick for their children, parents, husbands, friends. As a result, work performance tends to be lacking.

Mufida added, in the motherland, mothers who go to work in LN also become a burden for their children because the role of education that should be carried out by mothers becomes unable to work.

“Also with a very high divorce rate, resulting in unclear custody, and children are again victims,” ​​concluded Mufida.(dan)

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