“Gender Equality in Paradise” @vitalvoices #hwhtw

September 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

In this blog post from Vital Voices, Alyse Nelson reflects on the progress Indonesia has made toward gender equality, as well as what remains to be done:

“Bali was another world. A beautiful lush island. A thriving tourist destination. But if you scratched just beneath the surface, it was clear that even in paradise women lacked access and opportunities. During that trip, I stayed among the rice paddies of Ubud and I met the women of the Seniwati Gallery of Art By Women. They explained that women were never seen as artists. It was commonly said that only men in their culture were capable of creativity. That was the first time I’d heard that one! They had started the first and only women’s artists cooperative in the region to encourage and channel women’s talents into economic means to support their families…

“Although Indonesia has seen strides forward, like so many countries in the world, there is still a way to go to fully capitalize on women’s talents. Just consider this: by narrowing their gender gap in employment, Indonesia could elevate income by as much as 14% per capita by 2020, and as much as 20% higher than baseline projections by 2030. ”

Read the full article: http://vitalvoices.org/blog/2011/08/gender-equality-paradise-alyse-reflects-her-time-indonesia

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