TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Groups encourage Indonesian women to break stigma, join STEM

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

PREMIUM
Jakarta   /   Fri, February 14, 2020   /  08:35 pm
The Jakarta Post Image
Indonesia Statistics (BPS) revealed in 2017 that only 30 percent of productive-age women worked inĀ STEMĀ industries.(Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia is stepping up its efforts in women empowerment with more communities to help young girls and women embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The groups, which include STEM with Her (Jakarta), Femme in STEM (Bandung, West Java), Jakarta Society of Women Engineers (Jakarta SWE) and West Nusa Tenggara Society of Women Engineers (NTB SWE), are trying to break stigmas and norms that still hamper women’s participation in the fields. One of the stigmas is that STEM fields are regarded as a male domain requiring physical exertion and working in dirty and dangerous environments. Saskia Amalia Aryono, the founder of STEM with Her, believes that more exposure to female role models could help break the stigma. “I’m lucky that I have had role models since I was a child because my mother and aunt are e...