SOEs Scholarship program to include six #GirlsTakeover participants

SOEs Scholarship program to include six #GirlsTakeover participants

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir (middle) with six participants of #GirlsTakeover in Jakarta on Monday, September 27, 2021. (ANTARA PHOTOS/Aji Cakti/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir expects that the six millennial girls participating in the #GirlsTakeover program can be included in the State-Owned Enterprises scholarship program.

"I am optimistic that later on, the SOEs Ministry will include the six millennials selected in the #GirlsTakeover Program for enrollment in the scholarship program that we have," Thohir stated at the #GirlsTakeover press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

He congratulated the six millennial girls, who had been selected from all over Indonesia.

"Also thank God, at a coordination meeting with the Plan International Indonesia Foundation, we believe this program is a success, as the response has been extraordinary, and this is also part of the transformation we seek. In the first year we did this, and we completed it well. We have committed, and we are optimistic that the Indonesian Human Capital Forum or SOEs FHCI would cooperate again for five years," Thohir affirmed.

Thohir urged the Ministry to support and endorse the program, as it was not merely lip service, but a real program that ensured female leadership was realized.

In supporting gender equality in Indonesia, the Ministry and the enterprises' leaders have supported equal leadership at work.

As a form of commitment and consistency in realizing this equality, the minister, along with the state-owned enterprises' leaders, partook in the #GirlsTakeover global campaign organized with the Plan International Indonesia Foundation and Srikandi BUMN.

The campaign, held from August to October 2021, aims to support the youth to grow into leaders.

#GirlsTakeover is a global campaign initiated by Plan International, which is held simultaneously in 75 countries each year in commemoration of International Girls Day that falls on October 11. This year, the theme is gender equality and youth leadership in the working world.

In #GirlsTakeover 2021, the SOEs Minister and the president directors of state firms Angkasa Pura I, Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Kimia Farma, and Telkomsel participated to have their titles taken over by six youngsters in the age bracket of 20-24 years.

They have been selected through a rigorous selection process and a series of tests on 7,023 applicants, from late August to mid-September 2021.

The six chosen girls are Adinda, 20, from Central Java; Arum, 23, from South Sulawesi; Putri, 21, from West Java; Sharon, 24, from West Java; Sicily, 22, from East Nusa Tenggara; and Virdha, 23, from Central Java.

They had participated in a series of online leadership classes titled "Girls Leadership Class," which involved some inspirational leaders.

They will thereafter receive mentoring and shadow support from the SOEs minister and deputy minister for two days in Jakarta on September 27-28, 2021.The process of "taking over" the positions of the state-owned enterprises minister and other leaders will be conducted on September 30 and October 1, 2021.

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