|Mayor of Batu Dra. Dewanti Rumpoko, M.Sc. (Photo: Rino / PR)|
According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), there was only 30 per cent of female workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This data was conveyed by the Mayor of Batu Dra. Dewanti Rumpoko, M.Sc. in front of thousands of students at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Wednesday (1/6). Dewanti was appointed as speaker of the March 8 International Women's Day commemorative talk show.
Mentioned Dewanti, in the era of Industry 4.0, men and women actually had the same role and opportunity to advance. "The challenge now is how to change permissive attitudes and cultural practices that limit women's progress through education to minimize the gap between women and men. Empowerment programs are needed for women, "she said.
The presence of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, she said, must be managed properly by women, because it had promising prospects for women's position as part of world civilization. "Because women have a very strategic role, as a housewife and at the same time also have a role in the community," continued Dewanti who at the same time exhibited her success in leading Batu City.
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For Dewanti, women must be creative and highly educated. So that its usefulness can be felt in a real way. In the world of education, she continued, women must also have a high educational orientation. In order to become a mother, women can be the first place to broaden their children's horizons. "Don't lose to men, women can too!"
Meanwhile, the gender observer and academics of the UMM Government Science department Dr. Tri Sulsityaningsih, M.Sc. that in the era of Industry 4.0, the role of women in the world of work was increasingly important. On the other hand, Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) at the beginning of 2018, based on BPS data, male LFPR was 83.01 per cent, while female LFPR was only 55.44 per cent.
Unfortunately, continued Tri, to achieve equality in the roles of women and men still found many obstacles. Mainly, the gap in access and control of information and communication technology between women and men was still quite large. Citing data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the percentage of female information and communication technology users was still lower.
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"The inhibiting factors of women in developing countries in mastering information and communication technology were education, literacy, language, time, costs, social and cultural norms. Indonesian women were active Internet users, but have low digital literacy, this was due to lack of training, low educational background, and others, "she said.
Women as partners in development today must improve their abilities in all aspects, including mastering information and communication technology. "The ability of individuals to be able to access information in the digital era is important, including for women. These efforts are part of increasing women's capacity to take an active role," she said.
At the same time, the Vice Governor of East Java Dr. H. Emil Elestianto Dardak, M.Sc. came at UMM to fill the public lecture. On this occasion, he explained the strategy and implementation of Nawa Bhakti Satya or the nine excellent programs of Khofifah-Emil's leadership. Emil was present on behalf of the Governor of East Java Dra. Hj. Khofifah Indar Parawansa, M.Sc. which was unable to attend this opportunity. (Win)