The leadership experiences and aspirations of the alumnae the project have some program. The program is online questionnaire, interviews, and focused group discussion.
The proposed project examines the experience of Indonesian Women Alumni and leadership. We draw on the same definition as the ODE Report, to refer to women’s leadership as a process of women mobilizing people and resources in pursuit of shared and negotiated goals within government, private sector and civil society (ODE 2015: 1,11). But, women’s leadership cannot be viewed merely as synonymous or simultaneous to the goal of women’s empowerment.
The difference for empowered women, those that perceive that they have gained from the Australian Award, is in the articulation of their experiences relative to understandings of leadership in their own society as well as the policy and other frameworks that are in place. That is, Indonesian’ women’s notion of leadership needs to be better understood, especially as of having the experience as an Australia Awardee. The Indonesian context for women’s empowerment is also a structural factor that we take for granted as informing their perceptions of themselves and the extent that they feel confident in mobilising people and resources, articulating their visions of a better future in pursuit of ‘shared and negotiated goals’.
That women’s empowerment is enabled through Indonesia law is clear. In Indonesia, for example, Law Number 39/1999 concerning Human Rights, Article Article 49 (1) women have the right to choose, be elected, appointed, in work, position, and profession in accordance with the requirements and legislation, and this including leader positions. In this, both Australia and Indonesia have strong commitment for enhancing women leadership. This project will contribute in making such commitments into reality.