Women in STEM

Advancing women in STEM for the future of work

As women workers are employed predominantly in jobs requiring low science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, they are 1.2 times more likely to be employed in an occupation at high risk of automation across all industries.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 07 February 2020
JAKARTA (Joint Press Release) – Advances in technology including automation and robotics will bring significant changes to employment world-wide, including in Indonesia, in the next two decades. The ILO estimates that 56 percent of employment (about 60 million jobs) face a risk of automation in Indonesia. As women workers are employed predominantly in jobs requiring low science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, they are 1.2 times more likely to be employed in an occupation at high risk of automation across all industries.

Technology plays a key role in achieving decent work and gender equality and today we all have an opportunity to meet a number of women game changers who are bringing diversity, creativity and innovation in the role of women in the world of work. They are role models for so many women and girls to join and stay in technology."

Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia
To promote greater participation of women in STEM-related skills, the ILO in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland to the Republic of Indonesia is organizing an interactive discussion titled “Women and the Future of Work: Insights from Women in STEM” in Jakarta on 7 February. The event is conducted as part of the commemoration of both the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and St. Brigid’s Day 2020.

The interactive discussion aims to provide an opportunity for women involved in STEM to share their journeys, experiences and aspirations as part of the effort to inspire more women and girls to be involved in STEM-related fields. It also aims to strengthen a joint effort from relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that girls and women are not left behind in the fast changing world and employment.

As Europe’s leading tech and innovation hub, Ireland places high value on diversity in STEM. Gender equality is a pivotal part of our foreign policy and the Embassy is delighted to partner with the ILO to highlight not only the incredible work of some of Ireland and Indonesia’s female STEM champions, but to also demonstrate that when universal access and opportunities are provided to all, the benefits are tremendous.."

H.E. Olivia Leslie, Ambassador of Ireland to Indonesia
The event highlights the presence of Dr Fiona Malone, a woman scientist from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, as the main speaker. Dr Malone is an award-winning Biomedical Engineer, mathematics lecturer and science communicator. She shares her working experiences in biomedical engineering and her passion to promote women in STEM through various innovative communication channels.

Other women speakers include Anantya von Bronckhorst, Co-CEO Think, Web, Digital and Technology Agency, Clorinda Kurnia Wibowo, Research Analyst of World Resources Institute (WRI) Hastu Wijayasri, Wonder Koding and student at UIN Yogyakarta and Silvia Halim, Director of Construction for Jakarta MRT. They share their passions in working and developing a digital agency, software applications, construction and a renewable energy.

“Technology plays a key role in achieving decent work and gender equality and today we all have an opportunity to meet a number of women game changers who are bringing diversity, creativity and innovation in the role of women in the world of work. They are role models for so many women and girls and we need more role models to inspire women to join and stay in technology,” stated Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia.

”As Europe’s leading tech and innovation hub, Ireland places high value on diversity in STEM. Gender equality is a pivotal part of our foreign policy and the Embassy is delighted to partner with the ILO to highlight not only the incredible work of some of Ireland and Indonesia’s female STEM champions, but to also demonstrate that when universal access and opportunities are provided to all, the benefits are tremendous. To do so while celebrating St. Brigid – a pioneer in the arts and sciences – is an honour for us and we hope will inspire a new generation of STEM enthusiasts here,” stated H.E. Olivia Leslie, Ambassador of Ireland to Indonesia, who also moderates Friday’s panel discussion.

The event also introduces the ILO’s Women in STEM Programme. Funded by J.P Morgan Chase Foundation, the programme seeks to provide women with critical soft and technical skills to help women gain quality employment and support career advancement of women, particularly in the fields of information technology. One of the main objectives is to strengthen linkages between private sector firms, social partner institutions and vocational training centres to ensure greater opportunity through higher entry, retention and advancement of women workers in STEM-related positions that will improve productivity and prevent women from losing their jobs as a consequence of automation.

For further information, please contact:

Santy Otto
ILO’s Programme Coordinator for Women in STEM
santy@ilo.org

Gita F. Lingga
ILO’s Communications Officer
gita@ilo.org