Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection, has urged women to participate in the science and technology sectors.

"Together with various parties, we want to encourage women and girls to be involved in science and technology," deputy for community participation at the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection, Indra Gunawan, said at an online press conference on Wednesday.

Women make up half of Indonesia's population, and they have potential that can be developed, especially since their abilities are not inferior to men, he added.

"Together with various parties, we continue to encourage girls to participate in science, including technology, so that more women can contribute (to the field)," he remarked.
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Meanwhile, secretary-general of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Ir. Suharti, M.A., Ph.D., said that people need to determine the number of women who are involved in science and technology, in addition to the percentage of women in politics and management.

"We also need to know how many women are participating in the field of science and technology," she noted.

Suharti said that various parties, including the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, need to work collectively to ensure that "women in science" becomes a priority.

She lauded women who are already participating in the world of science, including Febty Febriani, Ph.D., from the Center for Physics Research at the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN).

Febriani was one of the winners of the 2021 National Fellowship under the 'For Women in Science (FWIS)' program for her research on developing innovations for sustainability and saving life on earth.

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Translator: Lia Wanadriani, Raka Adji
Editor: Suharto
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