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Jakarta Post

Women encouraged to break stigma, join STEM

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 15 2020   /  12:21 am

Indonesia is stepping up its efforts in female 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 engineers. But many people, including family members, are still ...