How Women are Changing Indonesia

All over the islands of Indonesia, women are making a change for themselves from the ground up, and redefining the future of gender equality.

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In the news

  • 25 year-old Swietenia Puspa Lestari decided it was time to take action on Indonesia’s problematic marine waste. She now leads a team of volunteers to tackle the issue. BBC covered her story. (BBC)
  • On Tuesday, the 3rd of December, Jakarta’s national monument (MONAS) was hit by an explosion. The blast took many by surprise. Read the story here. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Indonesia’s biggest tourist attraction, Bali, is facing water scarcity. Increase in tourism has coincided with monsoon rains delays. What are the effects? What can we do? Lala Samsura explored the issue. (Al Jazeera)
  • Rindu Tempe? An Indonesian student in Sydney have started a class on tempe-making to please all the Tempe craving! Ayo lihat ceritanya. (ABC)
  • Melting ice in Antarctica will impact on Indonesia. Scientist Intan Suci Nurhati explains how in this article. (The Conversation)


In the blog



  • Bandung, 7 December- Australia Connect and the Australian Embassy Jakarta proudly presents a special concert in Bandung with ARIA Award winning singer-songwriter, Dan Sultan. Mau ikut? More info here.
  • Bandung, 14 December – Ayo ikut AIYA Jawa Barat’s Year-end Party at Down to Earth Bandung. Celebrate the end of Semester, and say goodbye to ACICIS’ student from UNPAR.
  • Melbourne, 11 December – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Sydney, 14 December – Join AIA End of Year Dinner at Ayam Ayam restaurant. It is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Register here.
  • Yogyakarta, 14 December- AIYA Yogyakarta collaborates with Monash University for some discussion and traditional games in “Monash GIG.” Register here.
  • Yogyakarta, 16 December – Stretch your muscles and play basketball with AIYA Yogyakarta, every second Monday from 7 – 9pm at UNY Basketball Court. See their IG for more details.




  • The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne is looking for people to join us in a variety of roles. It is a 1-3 months unpaid internship programs and is a great taster of what it is like to work in a government organization and know how Indonesian Diplomats work. For further information, check here.
  • Danamon Bank are seeking highly talented fresh Indonesian graduates to be a Danamon Young Business Leader. You will experience the whole aspect of banking business and receive privileged exposure to the Top Executives and Senior Leaders. Your strategic thinking, creativity and business acumen will be incubated through in-class trainings, assignments and leadership challenge.You will also receive your own buddy and mentor in every phase of your journey with us. See the flyer and visit the website for more info and to register. Applications close at the end of December.
  • Apply for an internship with the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) NSW! Internships at AIIA NSW are offered to university students or recent graduates who have an interest in international affairs, and who are looking to further develop their skills for future professional involvement in international policy. For Semester 1 internships, applications are open from 15 November to 15 December 2019. Read more here.
  • The Asia Centre’s 5th International Conference will be held in Bangkok in July 2020. The conference will focus on ‘Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions and is now accepting abstracts until 15 December 2019. Submit yours and/or register for the conference here.
  • Call for applications for the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) 2020! The AGS offers seed funding on a competitive basis for initiatives that create impact by putting your knowledge and skills to good use. The program provides up to AU$15,000, and up to 25 grants are available under the current AGS round. The AGS is open to all Indonesian nationals who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, including those who are self-funded. It is also open to alumni of short-term studies or programs in Australia. See the guidelines – Submit your applications before 20 January 2020 at this link.
  • Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at [email protected]. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
  • ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
  • Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project

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