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Women in science, engineering and technology (SET): a report on the Indonesian experience.

Authors
  • Hermawati, W
  • Luhulima, A S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender, technology and development
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
87–100
Identifiers
PMID: 12179951
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper presents the preliminary results of a study by the Gender Working Group, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, on women's contribution to, and benefits to women from, science, engineering and technology (SET), specifically the benefits accruing to disadvantaged women in urban and rural areas in Indonesia. Previous studies on the participation of women in SET have shown the under-representation of women in all SET activities, including decision-making and advisory positions. However, some studies have shown that if gender perspectives are included in the design and implementation of development activities, disadvantaged women in urban and rural areas could greatly benefit from SET in development projects. The two case studies in North Sulawesi and Central Lombok provinces show that the projects have enabled the expansion of employment opportunities for women and thus increased their technical skills and income. In addition, the projects have also contributed to enhancing women's self-confidence, self-reliance and communication skills.

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