16 August 2016
UNESCO-UNITWIN Held an ICT and Leadership Training Program to Support Women Empowerment
Lippo Village, August 15, 2016, UNESCO-UNITWIN collaborated with Sookmyung Women’s University, of South Korea and Universitas Pelita Harapan, to held an ICT and Leadership Training Program to Support Women Empowerment

Photo Session with all Participants of the UNESCO-UNTWIN Training Program

Lippo Village, August 15, 2016, UNESCO-UNITWIN collaborated with Sookmyung Women’s University, of South Korea and Universitas Pelita Harapan, to hold an ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) and Leadership Training Program to Support Women Empowerment. Women Empowerment theme was chosen due to the growing issue of the underdevelopment of women’s empowerment in terms of ICT in developing countries.

 

We have to admit that the issue of gender inequalities which involves ICT has been quite an issue in developing countries, including Indonesia. The access for ICT is often very limited for women.  Although in reality, if used correctly, ICT could provide numerous benefits for women empowerment, especially in terms of social and economics.

 

Deriving from such a condition, UNESCO-UNITWIN appointed two major topics, ICT and Leadership, during the four day long training, which was held from August 15 to 19, 2016, at the Business School UPH. There were 80 students from both Sookmyung University and UPH who participated in the event. A number of 7 lecturers from Sookmyung Women’s University and UPH also took part as key speakers of this event, they are Dr. Myonghee Kim from Sookmyung University, Mr. Jacob Donald Tan and John Purba from Business School of UPH.

 

There were also several Guest speakers who were present to give more insights and inspirations to all participants. Some of them includes Martha Simanjuntak, Founder of Indonesian Women IT Awareness (IWITA),  H.E. Atalia Kamil, the Wife of the Mayor of Bandung and Dr. Ella Yulaelawati, a representative from the Directorate Ministry of Education and Culture.

Dr. Myonghee Kim, a representative from Sookmyung Women’s University of South Korea, really appreciate the collaboration UPH to organize this training program, considering the gender inequalities issue which is one the main inhibiting factors in women empowerment, especially in Asian countries. 

 

Dr. Myonghee Kim

“Women have to own great leadership and ability in ICT that is applicable in everyday life, in order to increase their empowerment in the professional world as well as the society. ICT and leadership training is the best way to promote gender equality between men and women, because nowadays, these fields are growing rapidly, both in Korea and Indonesia”.

 

In this training, participants did not just learn about materials from the lecturers, but they could also practice their computer abilities by programming a Website, learning how to utilize IoT (Internet of Things) effectively and they got to experience a leadership training which includes communication, creativity and collaboration ability.

 

Through this program, Sookmyung University and UPH hopes that they can include the issue of women empowerment as a material in education in near future and to encourage women to take part in every aspects of life as a part of gender equality.

In the future, Sookmyung Women’s University and UPH is looking forward to continue this collaboration and to build a women empowerment center in order to create proficient women leaders.

 

“I can see that UPH has special human resources with great potentials, which can eventually grow into great leaders, who are able to affect women empowerment in general. I hope that Sookmyung Women’s University and UPH can once again collaborate with other universities in developing other potentials which issues within the society,” said Dr. Myonghee Kim. (hc)

 

The Opening of UNESCO-UNITWIN Training Program

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