There was an intriguing question from Sati, Managing Director of Endeavor Indonesia, at last night’s Girls in Tech Indonesia meetup. She asked:“Do Indonesian Women Matter?” - The answer is a big fat YES.
April is a ‘woman’s month’ in Indonesian calendar, because April 21st is the day we celebrate Kartini day. Kartini is a daughter of Mayor of Jepara back then who believe in woman’s equal right for education. She wrote a lot of letters for her Dutch pen friends, explaining about her insights & vision for women in Indonesia. You can read the collection of her letters in Project Gutenberg > Letters of a Javanese Princess.
In the spirit of Kartini, Girls in Tech Indonesia create a meetup with a totally different format. We invite some speakers, mostly girls, to share how they use technology for their causes, we invite one guest speaker from foreign country to give us different perspective, we invite a ‘motivator’ kind of speaker to give us vision, and last but not least, in this meetup we have one male observer that will see from guy’s perspective on our very girly event
Thank you speakers >> @motulzon how to use digital devices to draw, @rahneputrion @piknikasik how to use social media to gather friends and enjoy offline moments, @LittleCaesara on her animal rescue cause in social media, Sakshi Mehta from India sharing her view about woman & IT in India & she also share about the ‘Indian Kartini’, Kiran Bedi, with her famous quote: ‘I dare’, also our first male observer @lexdepraxiswho’ve been live tweeting about our event
Sati elaborate the answer on why Indonesian women matter. Women number is 51% of 240 million Indonesia population. We’re bigger in number, living in a country with 1 trillion dollars GDP, biggest economy as well as country size in SouthEast Asia. Growing 6.5 – 7%. Relatively stable, politically. And more than 60% are below the age of 39 years old. That is A LOT of energy that will provide a dynamic and creative workforce.
In few years, we will have the world! If women can initiate their way to entrepreneurship (unleash their potential and absorbs workforce) and learning how to give better nutrition and educate their children better as Indonesian next leaders.
So, (Indonesian) girls, are you ready for the challenge?
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