TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence wished Indonesia a happy Kartini Day on April 21. Pence said Kartini is a great example of how Indonesian acknowledges and respect gender equality.
"Allow me to pay tributes to Kartini Day. Kartini was a great woman and Indonesia is a fine country for us to respect women's equality," Pence said at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Friday, April 21.
He said that Kartini's Day in Indonesia can inspire women's movements throughout the globe, including to study for the improvement of human development in Asia. "I can see that Indonesia has done that," Pence said.
He spoke of how Indonesia's female Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi is a fine example of how Indonesia provides room for women to hold important positions. He also lauded former Trade Minister Marie Elka Pangestu Shinta Kamdani as an influential woman.
Pence have been in Indonesia since April 20 as part of his Asia Tour. Included in his agenda is the signing of several business agreements between the two nations. Indonesia is said to be the first Southeast Asian country Pence visited before he heads to Australia.