The Minister of Finance and Plan Indonesia Hold a Dialogue with Hundreds of Young Women for Equal Development

Jakarta, 6 March 2021 Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Yayasan Plan Internasional Indonesia (Plan Indonesia) held an intergenerational dialogue with the title of “Women & Girls: Game Changers in Development”on Saturday (6/3) which also coincides with International Women’s Day. The activity that was held online, was attended by more than 2,000 audiens including girls and young women from various digital platforms. The dialogue was the final event of the activity series of the Girls Leadership Program and a concrete commitment to empowering girls and young women.

The program can produce girls who can develop their leadership"The asset is that they have a sensitivity to their environment. What can I do to help?. And that is the characteristic of the leader, and it is not about me, me, meCompassion and willingness to do something that helps others, when you do not have a reason to do anything,” said the Indonesian Minister of Finance who is also Principal Mentor for 120 girls and young women from all over Indonesia since December 2020.

On this occasion, the CEO of Plan International said that no country has fully implemented gender equality. Girls since early age have faced gender stereotypes and biases in several fields, from access to schools, jobs, opportunities to lead and to make decisions for their lives. “Therefore, we work with partners to promoting equality and leadership for girls in various fields,” she said.

Plan International reported that 62% of the 10,000 girls and young women surveyed in 19 countries said they are confident or very confident in their ability to lead and 76% aspire to be a leader in their career, community, or country. However, until now, girls in various remote areas still face various challenges to advance. Even Plan International records that 65 million girls do not have access to education. This shows that girls have a strong desire to advance, but still face various obstacles. Support and investment from all stakeholders are vital to providing equal opportunities and participation for girls in development.

“I am very proud to see these very young girls, and they have self-confidence, and are involved in positive activities. I hope that these women leaders will continue to follow their passions and aspirations. Always believe that whatever you face, small or big, it has been felt by other mentors. Do not give up quickly, focus on the goals that you want to achieve, and give your best,” she said.

One of the Girls Leaders from Mataram who was also the speaker Silvia, shared her story to invite deaf girls to be empowered. “I want to help and inspire other deaf girls to work and make a change. As deaf girls, we also deserve to be treated equally. With this program, I can help to improve the skills and self-confidence of my friends,” she stated.

Aside from the Minister of Finance and CEO of Plan International, the Intergenerational Dialogue involved multi-stakeholders including government, private sector, community leaders, leaders of non-profit organizations, media, and youth. In the event, there were also the Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati; CEO of Plan International, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen; Executive Director of Plan Indonesia, Dini Widiastuti; CEO of the Global Partnership for Education, Alice Albright; Girl Leaders who are also the participants of GLP and leaders of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Special Mission Vehiclesunder the Ministry of Finance who also supported the GLP, namely: Indonesia Eximbank, PT Geodipa Energi (Persero), PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero), PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero), PT Sarana Multi Griya Finansial, dan PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance supporting GLP