International Womens Day 2017: Ready to Be Bold For Change?

Women empowerment is essential for a better Indonesia. In this article, Deviana Wijaya Dewi share her thoughts regarding the issue.

 

After some preceding events such as women’s march around Bundaran Hotel Indonesia last Saturday on the 4th March, simultaneously with other marches around the world as well as various activism for women’s rights and gender equality on social media, today the 8th March is the culmination of those beautiful efforts as we celebrate the International Women’s Day.

Globally International Women’s Day poses an important opportunity for action that will trigger change for women. Originally it stems from 15,000 women came on the streets in New York City back in 1908 to demonstrate protests against long working hours and less pay and request for voting rights. Soon after that, other countries endorsed a concept of dedicating a day to celebrate achievement of women. International Women’s Day was then acknowledged and celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975.

This year’s theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”, emphasising the need to #BeBoldForChange. It flags the call for people to put efforts to make a more gender inclusive world, in line with the UN’s SDG 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

What does it mean for us in Indonesia though?

First, we need to bear in mind that International Women’s Day is not targeted for women only, but men are so much welcome to celebrate this day too. To this extent, we must embrace the active participation of men to also support the idea of women’s empowerment. We need to challenge the dominant narrative in Indonesia where men are generally perceived to hold the power and empowered women are considered a threat to this system.

Empowerment refers to a process to enable individuals to maximise the opportunities available to them without constraints (Rowlands, 1997). When a woman is empowered, she could leverage her resources and capabilities to the point where she makes strategic life choices as equally as man does. An empowered woman does not disrespect men, instead she would respect men as much as she respects other women because she believes in gender equity and social justice. In this context, men have no reasons to feel threatened at all, instead women and men will complement each other in fulfilling their own tasks, roles and responsibilities. Thus, we must first #BeBoldForChange by pushing against the dominant narrative that International Women’s Day is just another female matter.

Secondly, to #BeBoldForChange means to grow a stronger sense of self-love regardless a woman’s relationship status (single, taken, married, or divorced) and stop shaming one’s self for being different from others. In Indonesia, marriage is commonly deemed as a must-do thing for women, basically after they finish their education obligations. However, in impoverished rural areas of Indonesia, unfortunately girls are more vulnerable to child marriage where many married girls do not even complete education beyond primary school level. Indonesian people are conditioned that a woman is acceptably secure when she finds her partner in life through marriage and unconsciously shaming those who are different from the mainstreamed pathways. We must then look within ourselves, to take a step back from the busy crazy world around us and reflect on our own judgements that a woman’s self-worth is not defined by her relationship status.

When we are bold for change, we are brave to do what we believe even if it means challenging conventional wisdom, but not to forget reflective introspection to be critical of our own assumptions and judgements too.

 

Now, how will you define to #BeBoldForChange?

 

By: Deviana Wijaya Dewi

Deviana Wijaya Dewi works in Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own.

This article is initially published at cisdi.org, republished with author’s permission.

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GoLive Indonesia Research Workshop: “Introduction to Nvivo” – 8 April 2017

Just after its annual event in 2017, 4th Indonesia Research Day, GoLive Indonesia held a workshop for the first time in year 2017 in the following day, Saturday, 8th April 2017. The activity took place in UB40 Yellow room in Nexus 10 building, The University of Adelaide. There were around 30 students attended the workshop, came prepared with Nvivo application installed in their laptops.

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Opening greeting

The workshop started with a warm greeting from the new Project Coordinator of GoLive Indonesia, Indra Yohanes Kiling, followed by the tutor of the day, Ani Wilujeng Suryani, who is a Phd candidate in School of Commerce from University of South Australia. While waiting for the crowds to set up the application, she listed all the participants and asked them to up introduce their background. After everything settled, a brief explanation of Nvivo was given. In short, Nvivo is an application that aid in organizing a project with qualitative data such as research, proposals, essay, or interviews.

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Ani Wilujeng Suryani sharing her experience

The workshop continue with explanation on every panels, buttons and its functions. After grasping the basic, Ani then demonstrates how to insert file(s) from external resources and group the information into a page with hyperlinks. It demonstrated the benefits of the application in linking information from several sources together. Later, digging a bit deeper, she showed the participants that Nvivo is also able to convert interview data from Microsoft Excel into a matrix table and word cloud.

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A glimpse on the workshop

In the end of the event that ran for around 2 hours, people showed enthusiasm by asking how to use the application in a more complex functions, and requesting the recording of the workshop for future learning uses. Future practical workshop like this one might help to further equip university students in South Australia. The session was then closed with the group having a photo together.

GoLive Indonesia would like to thank Ani Wilujeng Suryani and highly appreciates all participants who attended this event. Also Swisin Budiman, GoLive Indonesia enthusiast for the recaps. We would like to wish Ani the best for her future career in Indonesia and to every participant the best for their study.

Photos courtesy of Vidi Valianto.

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Media Interview: Indra Kiling talks about Social Rehabilitation in Human Trafficking Victims

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Shortly after presenting his research about “Social rehabilitation in human trafficking: Reflection on data of Human Trafficking in East Nusa Tenggara” in The 36th Indonesia Forum Postgraduate Roundtable, The University of Melbourne, our GoLive Indonesia Project Coordinator, Indra Kiling was approached for an interview with SBS Radio Australia: Indonesian program.

The interview, held on 17 April 2017, briefly discussed on how the effort of social rehabilitation in human trafficking victims could improve by improving awareness of related stakeholders that social rehabilitation is just as important as prosecuting perpetrators.

Listen more in http://www.sbs.com.au/guide/language/indonesian#/program/362882

Visit http://www.irgsc.org/slavery-in-indonesia.html for more information on human trafficking cases in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

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Special Interview: David Parsons talks about GoLive Indonesia

Delighted to welcome David Parsons, GoLive Indonesia co-founder, in Adelaide. David shares on how GoLive Indonesia was initiated and ways to contribute to Indonesia.

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Bahas Revolusi Mental, Indonesia Research Day Kembali Digelar di Adelaide

Lagu lawas berjudul Aryati, Indonesia Pusaka serta I Still Call Australia Home yang dibawakan kelompok Adelindo Angklung menandai dibukanya kegiatan Hari Riset Indonesia (Indonesia Research Day) ke-4 di Adelaide, Australia Selatan.

Kegiatan tahunan yang digelar 7 April 2017 di University of Adelaide ini mengangkat tema Revolusi Mental, sejalan dengan tema kebijakan Pemerintahan Joko Widodo.

Penyelenggara IRD, GoLive Indonesia menghadirkan dua pembicara utama. Yang pertama, Dr. Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana, Konsul Jenderal RI di Sydney, memaparkan revolusi mental sebagai bentuk transformasi perilaku, sikap dan tindakan individu.

“Mengingat kembali sejarah revolusi mental yang diusung sejak masa Kartini, Budi Utomo sampai dengan periode kepemimpinan Presiden Jokowi, hal ini menggambarkan bahwa gagasan ini telah diperjuangkan para pendiri bangsa untuk menjadi nilai luhur bangsa Indonesia,” paparnya.

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Profesor Christopher Findlay menyerahkan cindera mata t-shirt berlambang GoLive Indonesia kepada Konsul Jenderal Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana. (Foto: Kiriman/Vidi Valianto)

Yang kedua, Profesor Deborah Turnbull dari Fakultas Psikologi University of Adelaide menggarisbawahi pentingnya konsep revolusi mental dalam perilaku manusia.

Namun ia menambahkan pentingnya dimensi kesehatan mental dalam konsep revolusi mental untuk mencapai kesejahteraan hidup individu.

Dengan mengangkat isu-isu kesehatan mental seperti tingginya angka depresi pada negara berkembang dan terbatasnya akses pelayanan kesehatan mental, Prof. Turnbull mengajukan platform baru, sebuah revolusi kesehatan mental.

“Konsep revolusi kesehatan mental harus mengacu kepada dua prinsip utama kesehatan mental oleh WHO, yaitu, mendasarkan pada prinsip hak asasi manusia, dan memperluas pelayanan kesehatan mental dari tingkat anak usia dini sampai pada level komunitas,” ujarnya.

Profesor Christopher Findlay (Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide) yang juga turut menghadiri IRD ke-4 sebagai salah satu pendiri dan penyokong utama GoLive Indonesia mengapresiasi kegiatan ini.

IRD ditandai dengan diskusi panel dengan lima tema berbeda.

Didik Agus Suwarsono, mahasiswa S2 Fakultas Manajemen Lingkungan di Flinders University membuka diskusi pertama bertajuk Negara Maritim. Menurut Didik, ditetapkannya kebijakan Indonesia sebagai poros maritim dunia mengharuskan kita memahami tantangan yang dihadapi untuk mengembangkan budaya negara perairan dan solusinya.

“Dukungan finansial kepada pelaku industri perairan, pencemaran lingkungan dan mahalnya bahan pangan industri perikanan adalah tiga masalah utama yang harus dicermati, dan pemerintah perlu mempertimbangkan solusi alternatif yang mencakup tiga hal penting, yaitu politik, ekonomi dan ilmu pengetahuan,” jelasnya.

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Adriana Espejo Sanchez (berdiri) memoderatori Sesi Negara Maritim dengan panelis Arif Hidayatullah (tengah) dan Didik Agus Suwarsono (kanan). (Foto: Kiriman/Vidi Valianto)

Sementara Arif Hidayatullah, mahasiswa S2 di Fakultas Hukum di Flinders University, memaparkan implementasi hukum konvensi laut internasional seringkali memberi kendala bagi pemerintah memerangi praktek penangkapan ikan ilegal di perairan Indonesia.

Data tahun 2015 mencatat jumlah kapal penangkap ikan ilegal di perairan Indonesia lima kali lebih banyak dibandingkan kapal yang masuk dengan dokumen lengkap.

Permasalahan lain yang sangat umum terjadi adalah sulitnya membuktikan kepemilikan kapal yang sah dan keaslian dokumen. Oleh karena itu, tindakan penenggelaman dan pengeboman kapal adalah beberapa cara yang dilakukan oleh Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan untuk memberikan efek jera.

Nuzul Qur’aniati, kandidat doktor dari Fakultas Keperawatan Flinders University, membuka pemaparan diskusi panel kedua yang bertemakan “Mempersiapkan Kebijakan Lokal di Indonesia”.

 

Nuzul mencatat permasalahan terbesar yang dihadapi, tidak saja oleh anak penderita HIV tapi juga keluarga mereka adalah stigma dan diskriminasi.

 

Namun, berkaca dari pengalaman sejumlah negara seperti India dan Uganda, program penitipan anak yang terintegrasi dengan pendekatan keluarga menjadi alternatif solusi yang sedang dikerjakan Nuzul dalam penelitiannya.

Suryo Guritno, kandidat doktor lainnya dari Fakultas Kebijakan Publik Flinders University, dalam panel kedua itu memaparkan tentang kebijakan pinjaman keuangan pemerintah pusat kepada pemerintah daerah dan faktor-faktor yang mempengaruhi, seperti transparansi penggunaan dan perencanaan keuangan.

Sementara diskusi panel ketiga tentang Industri Makanan dan Minuman, Sari Eka menceritakan tentang “Bakulan”, satu-satunya toko khas Indonesia di Adelaide. Nama Bakulan sendiri berasal dari Bahasa Jawa, yang artinya berjualan. Sedikitnya barang-barang Indonesia yang bisa ditemui di toko-toko Australia membuat ia dan suami memiliki ide untuk membuka sendiri toko Indonesia di Adelaide.

Berangkat dari kerinduan itu, Sari telah menjalankan toko Bakulan selama tiga tahun dan mengklaim bahwa 90% barang yang dijual adalah produk Indonesia asli.

“Saya berharap Bakulan tidak hanya sekedar menjadi toko yang menyediakan kebutuhan orang-orang Indonesia di Adelaide, tapi juga menjadi penyambung silaturahmi khususnya bagi komunitas Indonesia di Adelaide,” jelasnya.

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Sesi foto bersama dengan Konsul Jenderal, perwakilan DFAT South Australia, Prof Findlay, Prof Turnbull, seluruh panelis dan peserta. (Foto: Kiriman/Vidi Valianto)

Pada diskusi panel keempat, tema Pendidikan sebagai Platform Pembangunan dibahas oleh Aryani Tri Wrastari, mahasiswa PhD dari Fakultas Pendidikan University of Adelaide.

 

Aryani menjelaskan bagaimana agama dapat menjadi modalitas budaya bagi guru sebagai agen perubahan di pendidikan.

 

Ia mewawancarai 13 pendidik di Indonesia dari lima latar belakang agama, Islam, Kristen, Hindu, Buddha, dan Katolik. “Penelitian ini diharapkan memberikan kontribusi teori untuk mengembangkan model pendidikan yang memberikan dampak transformasi di Indonesia”, ujarnya.

Sementara Welmince Djulete dalam pemaparannya mengulas pentingnya peningkatan kualitas pendidikan di rural dan area tertinggal dengan mengimplementasikan model pendidikan yang berbasis masyarakat.

Kandidat doktor dari Fakultas Pendidikan di Flinders University ini memaparkan masalah klasik yang menghambat peningkatan kualitas guru, meliputi kurangnya dukungan fasilitas, panduan dan juga kebijakan pemerintah yang belum mampu menjawab kebutuhan guru.

Di sesi ini juga Yusnita Febrianti, kandidat doktor dari Fakultas Bahasa University of Adelaide mendiskusikan permasalahan dalam buku-buku teks Bahasa Inggris di kurikulum pendidikan menengah, khususnya kelas 7 dan 8.

Menurut Yusnita, visualisasi cerita yang buruk ditambah instruksi dan penjelasan yang tidak tepat sasaran maupun konteks akan sangat mempengaruhi proses belajar siswa. “Guru sangat dituntut untuk memiliki kepekaan dan pengetahuan dalam memilih buku teks yang tepat dalam hal isi dan visualisasinya”, tambahnya.

Diskusi panel terakhir membahas Kebijakan Luar Negeri RI. Panelis Sian Troath, mahasiswa PhD dari Jurusan Sejarah dan Hubungan Internasional University of Adelaide, menjelaskan dinamika kepercayaan yang mewarnai hubungan Indonesia-Australia dari masa kepemimpinan Soekarno dan Soeharto.

 

Sian menyimpulkan perlunya kajian intensif tentang hubungan bilateral Indonesia-Australia, agar dapat membantu memahami faktor-faktor yang mempengaruhi ketidakpastian dan ketidakpercayaan dalam relasi kedua negara.

 

Di sesi ini juga Yessi Olivia, kandidat doktor dari Jurusan Sejarah dan Hubungan Internasional Flinders University, memaparkan Kebijakan Bebas Aktif Luar Negeri RI dan dampaknya pada isu HAM.

Yessi memaparkan transisi arah kebijakan dari masa sebelum dan sesudah Presiden Habibie, sebagai tonggak baru demokrasi di Indonesia. Selain itu, Yessi juga menggarisbawahi peranan media di era teknologi informasi dalam mempengaruhi isu hak asasi manusia, terutama pada perempuan dan anak.

Selain menggelar diskusi, IRD ke-4 kali ini juga menandai pergantian dari Aritta Gracia Girsang yang telah menggelar GoLive Indonesia selama 3 tahun kepada Indra Yohanes Kiling. Tema psikologi juga mulai diperkenalkan pada gelaran IRD kali ini, menandai perluasan kajian dalam diskusi GoLive Indonesia yang selama ini lebih kental dengan tema-tema perdagangan, pertanian dan pangan.

* Sumbangan tulisan Aryani Tri Wrastari dan M. Nurul Ikhsan Saleh dari Adelaide. Tulisan ini merupakan pendapat pribadi.

*This article was originally published on Australia Pluls Indonesia, link provided here .

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GoLive May Discussion Series: The Learning Experiences of International Students in an Australian University

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GoLive is back with the discussion series event for this upcoming May 2017. We are proudly bringing to the table the experience of Dr. Barry Elsey and Dr. Amina Omarova from the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), University of Adelaide South Australia, in delivering a double degree master program, co-partnered with Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) Indonesia.

Drs Elsey and Omarova designed and managed an applied research learning program for a cohort of Indonesian students doing the split-site, double-degree Master’s program shared between University of Adelaide and IPB. All the students were employees of the Ministry of Industry, specifically employed on various kinds of agricultural development work.
The intention of the presentation is to set the teaching and learning program within the wider context of studies of international students in western universities, which is a significant development that began in the early 1980s. Dr. Elsey was among the first to undertake systematic research into the learning experiences of international students.
Many years later the opportunity arose to take a research interest into the learning experiences of the Indonesian students as they dealt with the many challenges of their life and study times in Adelaide, both the university and the city. We shall explain those various challenges of being an international student and the stakeholder interest in their success.

Titled “The Learning Experiences of International Students in an Australian University: A Case Study of Indonesian Public Servants Doing a Double Degree Master”, this May Discussion Series will be enriching the experience and knowledge of those who are looking for opportunities to devising similar program collaborated with Australian institutions.

Mark your calendar and RSVP via this link http://bit.ly/2ouheFO

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Panel on What the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement means for SA Businesses

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade, in collaboration with the Australia Indonesia Business Council, invite you to attend a presentation and discussion panel on

What the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement means for SA Businesses

Date: Tuesday, 9th May 2017

Venue: National Wine Centre, Corner of North Terrace and Hackney Road, Adelaide

Time: 7.30am for an 8am start, with breakfast and discussion concluding at 9.30am

Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance.

As the two largest economies in the region, Australia and Indonesia share interests and a common future. Although bilateral investment between Australia and Indonesia reached
$9.8 billion in 2015, there is still considerable opportunity for Australia to expand its trade, investment and economic cooperation with Indonesia.

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) promises to build on existing multilateral and regional agreements, providing the framework needed to support a new era of closer economic engagement between Australia and Indonesia.

  • What do these developments mean for South Australian businesses? 
  • How can businesses benefit from these agreements? 
  • What support is available to help businesses expand into Indonesia, and Asian markets more broadly?

Join leading experts to discuss the next chapter of economic relations between Australia and Indonesia, learn from the firsthand experience of businesses successfully engaged in international trade in the region and find out what this means for South Australian businesses.

Speakers

  • Professor Christopher Findlay is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade and Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide. Professor Findlay is an economist with expertise in international trade policy and theory, services trade and public policy. He has published extensively on trade liberalisation, Free Trade Agreements and regional integration.
  • Mr Peter Roberts is First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a lead negotiator on the IA-CEPA.
  • Mr Steven Baker is Chairman of the SA Branch of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council where he plays a vital leadership and lobbying role in the development of bilateral trade and investment.
  • Additional speakers to be announced.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at lisa.hunt@adelaide.edu.au or on 0421 359 518.

Futher event information can be found via this link.

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