Gender Equality

In the Australian government development policy, one of the investment priorities is to give an increasing commitment to empower women and recognise the benefits that flow to whole communities from women’s participation. Empowering women to participate in the economy, leadership and education is integral for the Australian government, as illustrated in the Promoting opportunities for all – Gender equality and women’s empowerment strategy (Link to PDF document). Australia Awards in Indonesia has a significant focus on gender equality in the whole Scholarship cycle and ensure that women benefit from opportunities provided by the program.

Australia Awards in Indonesia both in its current and previous phases has had strong track record in achieving gender equity. Under the 2016 intake, of the 200 newest Australia Awards scholars from Indonesia, 107 are female and 93 are male.  Historical data showed that 50.5 percent of Australia Awards alumni returned to a higher level position after completing their studies, of this figure 49.7 percent is female alumni.

“It is a worthwhile experience that will change your whole life. You will be in a very supportive learning environment, so you will get the most from your studies. You will also develop friendships with people from different cultures.” Netty Muharni, Deputy Assistant for Regional and Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation in Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, in Jakarta. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University of Technology.

“I am an independent woman following my natural instinct to lead.” Professor Dr Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. She obtained her PhD in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Newcastle.