“RuangAksi #10 : Perempuan dan Energi Terbarukan” Discussion

Figure 1. Moderator and speakers of the even. From left to right: Juris Bramantyo, Mada Ayu Habsari, Gabrella Sabrina, Verena Puspawardani, and Faela Sufa.

As part of the Ruang Aksi Program, Coaction Indonesia was organized The 10th Ruang Aksi on March 27, 2019, at Gowork fX Sudirman. They brought “women and renewable energy” as the main topic and invited four incredible women to speak their mind about the women contribution in the energy sector as well as women view on the future of renewable energy. PYC was also delegated one of their woman researcher to attend the event. The first speaker was Mada Ayu Habsari as the Managing Director of Watala Capital; she was one of the few women who brought renewable energy business to Indonesia through her company PT Arya Watala Cipta. She advised women to be more involved and curtailing the stigma of men domination in the energy sector. As an English literature graduate, she highlighted that the unrelated educational background was not an obstacle if you have the eagerness and willingness to learn new things.

The next speaker was Gabrella Sabrina as a representation of the Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia (The Indonesian Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy). She showed how related women with energy in the daily activities such as household electricity, cooking fuel as well as a transportation fuel. The housewives should have a knowledge of clean and renewable energy since women usually take a major role in providing energy for families. The women awareness of renewable energy will not only affect the current condition but also triggered the future generation to understand the concept of renewable energy.

The third speaker was the representative of Coaction Indonesia itself, Verena Puspawardani. She delivered the reason behind the chosen theme was to make renewable energy as one of the most popular discussion topics in society. Renewable energy should not only be discussed by the professionals and stakeholders, but also by everyone including the young generation and women. Coaction Indonesia believed that renewable energy has succeeded in bringing more than eight million green jobs in 2012 and will increase even further if the government give more opportunities for renewable energy industries to be developed in Indonesia.

The last speaker came from Forum Energi Muda (Young Energy Forum) represented by Faela Sufa. Young Energy Forum is the group of young and initiative people who have dreams of bringing energy discussion in more inclusive ways. The energy sector was known as a male-and-old dominated sector. However, today’s more young generation interested in understanding and more deeply involved in the energy sector. The regular energy discussions within the young generation were generated more mature and enlighten generation to the importance of energy transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy.

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